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Embodied Cognition & Prosthetics: Are Our Tools Part of Our Bodies & Minds?

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Heyman Center for the Humanities

74 Morningside Drive

Second Floor Common Room

New York, NY 10027

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Embodied cognition theorists emphasize the role of the body and the environment in constituting mental processes. By examining how our brains interact with the rest of our bodies and how our entire bodies interact with the environment, we can learn much about human behavior and the human mind. Tools can be understood as extensions of the body, and in some cases as becoming part of the body. Does our mind extend to our tools? How does this change our world? How should we understand this relationship? In order to help us think through these fascinating questions, we will hear from an archaeologist who has theorized about the evolution of this human capacity, a biomedical engineer who uses computers to make robotic prostheses more fluidly extend human bodies, and a music theorist who shows how musical instruments become part of our bodies.

This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Please click "Register" above.

For more information and to view the event program, please visit the Center for Science and Society website.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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The event is located on the Columbia University campus, within walking distance from the 1, A ,B, C, D subway lines.

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Please send an email to scienceandsociety@columbia.edu.

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New York, NY 10027

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