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Surfing Uncertainty

Author : Andy Clark
ISBN : 9780190217013
Genre : Forecasting
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This title brings together work on embodiment, action, and the predictive mind. At the core is the vision of human minds as prediction machines - devices that constantly try to stay one step ahead of the breaking waves of sensory stimulation, by actively predicting the incoming flow. In every situation we encounter, that complex prediction machinery is already buzzing, proactively trying to anticipate the sensory barrage. The book shows in detail how this strange but potent strategy of self-anticipation ushers perception, understanding, and imagination simultaneously onto the cognitive stage.
Category: Forecasting

The Happiness Problem

Author : Wren-Lewis, Sam
ISBN : 9781447353560
Genre : Philosophy
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We appear to have more control over our lives than ever before. If we could get things right – the perfect job, relationship, family, body and mind – then we’d be happy. With enough economic growth and technological innovation, we could cure all societal ills. The Happiness Problem shows that this way of thinking is too simplistic and can even be harmful: no matter how much progress we make, we will still be vulnerable to disappointment, loss and suffering. The things we do to make us happy are merely the tip of the iceberg. Sam Wren-Lewis offers an alternative process that acknowledges insecurity and embraces uncertainty. Drawing on our psychological capacities for curiosity and compassion, he proposes that we can connect with, and gain a deeper understanding of, the personal and social challenges that define our time
Category: Philosophy

From Leibniz To Kant

Author : Katherine Laura Dunlop
ISBN : 9783957437907
Genre : Philosophy
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G.W. Leibniz's legacy to philosophy is extraordinary for his vast body of work, for his originality and prescience, and for his influence. The aim of this volume is to provide a state-of-the-art exploration of Leibniz's philosophy and its legacy, especially in the period up to Kant.The essays collected here offer new insights into signature elements of Leibniz's thought – the theory of contingency, anti-materialism, the principle of sufficient reason, the metaphysics of substance, and his philosophy of mind – as well as the influence of predecessors such as Lull, Descartes, and Malebranche, the reckoning of his ideas in the works of Wolff and Kant, and the contributions of Clarke, Baumgarten, Meier, Du Châtelet, and others to the content, transmission, and reception of Leibnizian philosophy.
Category: Philosophy

Andy Clark And His Critics

Author : Matteo Colombo
ISBN : 9780190662813
Genre : Law
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Andy Clark is a leading philosopher of cognitive science, whose work has had an extraordinary impact throughout philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics. His monographs have led the way for new research programs in the philosophy of mind and cognition: Microcognition (1989) and Associative Engines (1993) introduced the philosophical community to connectionist research and the novel issues it raised; Being There (1997) showed the relevance of embodiment, dynamical systems theory, and minimal computation frameworks for the study of the mind; Natural Born Cyborgs (OUP 2003) presented an accessible development of embodied and embedded approaches to understanding human nature and cognition; Supersizing the Mind (OUP 2008) developed this yet further along with the famous "Extended Mind" hypothesis; and Surfing Uncertainty (OUP 2017) presents a framework for uniting perception, action, and the embodied mind. In Andy Clark and His Critics, a range of high-profile researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and empirical cognitive science, critically engage with Clark's work across the themes of: Extended, Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, and Affective Minds; Natural Born Cyborgs; and Perception, Action, and Prediction. Daniel Dennett provides a foreword on the significance of Clark's work, and Clark replies to each section of the book, thus advancing current literature with original contributions that will form the basis for new discussions, debates and directions in the discipline.
Category: Law

Socially Extended Epistemology

Author : J. Adam Carter
ISBN : 9780192521903
Genre : Philosophy
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Socially Extended Epistemology explores the epistemological ramifications of one of the most important research programmes in contemporary cognitive science: distributed cognition. In certain conditions, according to this programme, groups of people can generate distributed cognitive systems that consist of all participating members. This volume brings together a range of distinguished and early career academics, from a variety of different perspectives, to investigate the very idea of socially extended epistemology. They ask, for example: can distributed cognitive systems generate knowledge in a similar way to individuals? And if so, how, if at all, does this kind of knowledge differ from normal, individual knowledge? The first part of the volume examines foundational issues, including from a critical perspective. The second part of the volume turns to applications of this idea, and the new theoretical directions that it might take us. These include the ethical ramifications of socially extended epistemology, its societal impact, and its import for emerging digital technologies.
Category: Philosophy

Surfer S Code 12 Simple Lessons For Riding Through Life

Author : Shaun Tomson
ISBN : 9780143527183
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Surfing has been described as a sport, a religion, an obsession and a way of life. For Shaun Tomson, world champion surfer and successful entrepreneur, surfing is all of that and more. In Surfer's Code, Tomson shares the life lessons he's gathered over many years of surfing - from his boyhood in South Africa to the World Tour in the 70s and 80s. While the lessons Tomson shares are taken from beaches all over the world, they translate powerfully to everyday life and the extraordinary challenges we face. They reflect the attitude and outlook necessary to survive not only the ups and downs of life, but to master them and emerge a winner. His lessons include: I will never turn my back on the ocean; I will always paddle back out; I will watch out for other surfers; there will always be another wave; I will catch a wave every day.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Surfing Tropical Beats

Author : Sam Bleakley
ISBN : 0906720850
Genre : Surfers
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A roller coaster ride through Gabon, India, Vietnam, Algeria, China and Haiti, drumming up a tropical beat. Combining 'Deep Travel', stunning photographs and 'performance writing', it captures the spirit of these turbulent coast scapes, blood racing, running on salt water fuel.
Category: Surfers

Surfing Realities

Author : James Foster
ISBN : 9781452577654
Genre : Religion
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What am I doing here, and why doesn’t life make any sense? Who am I, and what does it all mean, anyway? Through Surfing Realities, James Foster provides answers to these questions with precise pragmatism. Foster argues that there are no lasting answers and that nothing makes sense for those asking these profound questions because the context we have learned to accept is inaccurate. By deciphering and condensing thousands of hours of information received from Ascended Beings of Light through internationally known channel Nasrin Safai, Foster paints a vast landscape expanding our perspective to embrace a cosmic context. Through a step-by-step process, we gain greater understanding of how the game is really played on cosmic as well as personal levels and how it all blends together in a beautiful cosmic dance. A logical presentation of the nature of reality is given with practical tools to improve our own reality and that of our loved ones, earth and humankind. Surfing Realities covers a myriad of subjects including the history of this planet, the rise and fall of its civilizations, the expanse of the cosmos, the dimensions of reality, our hierarchy of beings, universal law, and the nature of duality.
Category: Religion

Extended Epistemology

Author : J. Adam Carter
ISBN : 9780198769811
Genre : Philosophy
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One of the most important research programmes in contemporary cognitive science is that of extended cognition, whereby features of a subject's cognitive environment can in certain conditions become constituent parts of the cognitive process itself. The aim of this volume is to explore the epistemological ramifications of this idea. The volume brings together a range of distinguished and emerging academics, from a variety of different perspectives, to investigate the very idea of an extended epistemology. The first part of the volume explores foundational issues with regard to an extended epistemology, including from a critical perspective. The second part of the volume examines the applications of extended epistemology and the new theoretical directions that it might take us. These include its ethical ramifications, its import to the epistemology of education and emerging digital technologies, and how this idea might dovetail with certain themes in Chinese philosophy.
Category: Philosophy

Ride The Wave Of Change

Author : Norman Mitchell
ISBN : 1463491999
Genre : Reference
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Whether or not you like to surf, theres a lot you can learn about navigating change in your own life by applying lessons from those who ride the waves of the great blue sea. Ocean surfers blend mental concentration with physical dexterity to become one with the wave. They combine incredible strength and balance with a laid-back attitude that lets them forget their wipeouts and look forward to riding the next wave. Norman Mitchell, an organizational psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience as a management and performance consultant, delivers tips on using the same skills to embrace whatever waves come in your daily life. Learn how to: face unexpected changes and uncertainties with optimism and confidence; maintain a level head during times of transition and uncertainty; remain positive even when facing scary waves; overcome fears that come with formidable challenges. Riding the waves of the oceanand lifecan be exciting, but if you arent flexible, responsive and courageous, the results can be disastrous. By learning from ocean surfers, youll be equipped to handle whatever changes and challenges come at you. I like this better as the keynote to grab someones attention. Ride the Wave of Change is a refreshing adventure that not only offers the reader sage advice but speaks directly to the core of ones desire for self-sufficiency.Margaret Mohr, management consultant
Category: Reference