Monday, December 31, 2012

simulation experiences

Starting as early as the 1970s, some cognitive psychologists, philosophers, and linguists suggested that—instead of abstract symbols—meaning might really be something much more closely intertwined with our real experiences in the world, with the bodies that we have.

If meaning is based on our experiences in our particular bodies in the particular situations we’ve dragged them through, then meaning could be quite personal. This in turn would make it variable across people and across cultures. 

embodied simulation hypothesis discussed in article

We use our brains to simulate percepts and actions without actually perceiving or acting.

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