Brain and Mind

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 215-228

First online:

Cognitive Informatics, Distributed Representation and Embodiment

  • Antony BryantAffiliated withSchool of Information Management, Beckett Park, Leeds Metropolitan University

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This paper is a revised and extended version of a keynote contribution to a recent conference on Cognitive Informatics. It offers a brief summary of some of the core concerns of other contributions to the conference, highlighting the range of issues under discussion; and argues that many of the central concepts and preoccupations of cognitive informatics as understood by participants--and others in the general field of computation--rely on ill-founded realist assumptions, and what has been termed the functionalist view of representation. Even if such ideas--albeit in a revised form -- can be defended, there must be a more extensive engagement with the literature and issues outside the confines of the computing and computational orthodoxy.

cognition data/information/knowledge distributed representation embodied/disembodied information informatics posthumanism postmodernism structuration