Toward an Embodied, Embedded Predictive Processing Account

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Author: Elmarie Venter
Date: Jan. 29, 2021
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 576 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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Author(s): Elmarie Venter

In this paper, I argue for an embodied, embedded approach to predictive processing and thus align the framework with situated cognition. The recent popularity of theories conceiving of the brain as a predictive organ has given rise to two broad camps in the literature that I call <italic>free energy enactivism</italic> and <italic>cognitivist predictive processing</italic>. The two approaches vary in scope and methodology. The scope of <italic>cognitivist predictive processing</italic> is narrow and restricts cognition to brain processes and structures; it does not consider the body-beyond-brain and the environment as constituents of cognitive processes. <italic>Free energy enactivism</italic>, on the other hand, includes all self-organizing systems that minimize free energy (including non-living systems) and thus does not offer any unique explanations for more complex cognitive phenomena that are unique to human cognition. Furthermore, because of its strong commitment to the mind-life continuity thesis, it...

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