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Annie Murphy Paul

The Extended Mind

by Annie Murphy Paul

The Extended Mind

Annie Murphy Paul

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Science writer Annie Murphy Paul argues that identifying the mind with the brain has limited our understanding of our cognitive abilities and urges a radical shift in our theory of mind to keep pace with an increasingly abstract and complex society.

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The Extended Mind

by Annie Murphy Paul

The Extended Mind

Annie Murphy Paul

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The mind is an elusive thing that scientists and philosophers have tried for ages to describe. But what if it's actually the ways we talk about the mind and brain that prevent us from fully understanding consciousness?

Annie Murphy Paul is a science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Scientific American, as well as the author of books such as Origins and The Cult of Personality. In this book, Paul argues that our failure to understand our mind lies in failed metaphors that conceive of the brain as a computer or a muscle separate from the rest of our body. The Extended Mind argues for a holistic theory of mental existence that integrates our bodies as well as the world beyond.

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"As long as we settle for thinking inside the brain, we'll remain bound by the organ. But when we reach outside it with intention and skill, our thinking can be transformed."

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Annie Murphy Paul

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