Embodied cognition is the thesis that cognition is “deeply dependent upon features of the physical body of an agent, that [. . . ] aspects of the agent’s body beyond the brain play a significant causal or physically constitutive role in cognitive processing” (SEP). As we have only a cursory understanding of the cognitive systems of dolphins and whales, the real test of this thesis will have to wait until we can investigate space aliens or, perhaps more realistically, artificial general intelligences (AGIs).
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