Category: Cognitive Science

(R)Evolutionary Endurance

The Art of Flow

Achieving and maintaining flow is precarious My most intense experience of flow was during my penultimate freedive to the bottom of a 30-metre tank. There was only now. In fact there was no then, or no future, only what is. I approached the bottom of the tank, 30 metres down, without a sense of urgency,…
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Embodied cognition – initial thoughts

According to the concept of ’embodied cognition’, drawing from cognitive science, philosophy and psychology, our cognitive processes arise, not simply from the brain, but rather from entire physical systems (i.e. including the body, and the somatic nervous system) and importantly, from interactions with the environment. ‘Affordances’ in the environment, such as the doorknob, the ladder,…
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The environment drives our thinking…

Clark and Chalmers  (1998), in their classic work on the boundaries of the mind, speculate that the environment plays an active role in human cognition. For ultra-marathoners and others participating in endurance sports, taking place in many challenging environments, this idea  may be an important one. As humans, we often split tasks between manipulation within…
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