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Predictive processing and extended consciousness: why the machinery of consciousness is (probably) still in the head and the DEUTS argument won’t let it leak outside

Facchin, Marco and Negro, Niccolò (2020) Predictive processing and extended consciousness: why the machinery of consciousness is (probably) still in the head and the DEUTS argument won’t let it leak outside. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Recently, Kirchhoff and Kiverstein have argued that the extended consciousness thesis, namely the claim that the material vehicles of consciousness extends beyond our heads, is entirely compatible with, and mandated by, the predictive processing framework. To do so, they rely on a potent argument in favor of the extended consciousness thesis, namely the Dynamical Entanglement and Unique Temporal Signature (DEUTS) argument. Here, we will critically examine Kirchhoff and Kiverstein’s endeavor, arguing for the following three claims. First, we will claim that Kirchhoff and Kiverstein’s emphasis on culture and cultural practices does not help them substantiate the extended consciousness thesis. Secondly, we will argue that the way in which Kirchhoff and Kiverstein formalize the boundaries of a subject’s conscious mind is inadequate, as it yields conclusions running counter some of their assumptions. Lastly, we will argue that the DEUTS argument does not establish the extended consciousness thesis, as it licenses a “consciousness bloat” objection which is exactly analogous to the “cognitive bloat” objection to the extended mind thesis. We will thus conclude that Kirchhoff and Kiverstein’s proposed marriage between the extended consciousness thesis and predictive processing fails, and that, contrary to a popular opinion, DEUTS is not a strong argument in favor of the extended consciousness thesis.


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Facchin, Marcomarco.facchin.marco.facchin@gmail.com0000-0001-5753-9873
Negro, Niccolòniccolo.negro@monash.edu
Keywords: Predictive Processing, Free Energy Principle, Markov Blankets, Extended Consciousness, Sensorimotor Enactivism.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Depositing User: Dr. Marco Facchin
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2021 23:31
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 23:31
Item ID: 19702
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Date: 27 December 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19702

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