Is a brain all you need to have a functional mind? Is the body just peripheral to cognition? Many researchers think so, but advocates of embodied cognition have different ideas.
(Quick note: “Altered Carbon” is racy & gory, but also very good. It doesn’t get particularly hung up on the “Is a copy of my mind REALLY MEEEE?!” question, touches on a lot of interesting problems with technological immortality, & actually has a lot of interesting test cases & scenarios for the concept of embodied cognition.)
The 10 Catanmendments (NOTE: The first Catanmendment rightly assumes the eventual collapse of cooperative strategies, & illustrates the failure mode of specialized alliances –
when you see an “ally” building over to the resource you’re specializing in, they’re diversifying so they don’t need you quite so much, in preparation to dump you.) – www.settlersstrategy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/catanmentsshirt.png
“I will *never* understand why people X.” Oh really? Let’s turn that dial up to 11 and see what happens. -Links for the Curious-
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t include a reference to the Netflix show “Mindhunter” (a fictional drama based on the origins of FBI profiling & forensic psychology of serial killers), there’s a growing body of criticism regarding the methods & rigor of those techniques, & I didn’t want to get bogged down hashing out details. Pretty much all of the criminal psychology used in law enforcement today assumes the central premise of this video (that even horrifyingly divergent minds can be simulated & understood to some degree), but it’s possible that the FBI’s whole classification system is pseudoscience – www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/11/12/dangerous-minds