It’s easier to teach a robot to walk if it has legs.

January 3, 2015 — October 14, 2017

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Is the body a necessary part of the mind?

Whether the abstractions used in our more obscure cognitive processes are constrained in a comprehensible way by the kind of experiences our bodies give us is… complicated. For an interesting (but infuriatingly overbearing) attempt to work this through, see Lakoff (1999). For a less ambitious and probably more defensible one, see Clark (1998). I don’t think Clark ultimately says anything that would surprise a control system engineer.

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