Andy Clark

Andy Clark
Andy Clark
Professor of Philosophy and Informatics at the University of Sussex; Author, Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

ANDY CLARK, BA, DPhil, FBA, FRSE is Professor of Philosophy and Informatics at the University of Sussex, with an affiliation with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness. He was previously professor of logic and metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Before this he was director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University in Bloomington and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University at St. Louis.

Clark is perhaps most famous for his defense of the hypothesis of the extended mind. This work argues that the dynamic loops through which mind and world interact are not merely instrumental. The cycle of activity that runs from brain through body and world and back again actually helps constitute cognition. The mind, on this account, is not bounded by the biological organism but can also extend into the environment of that organism. 
 
His numerous books include Surfing UncertaintySupersizing the Mind, Natural-Born Cyborgs, and Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again. He is the coeditor of many volumes including Mind and Morals: Essays on Ethics and Cognitive ScienceConnectionism, Concepts, and Folk Psychology: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Volume II ; and two recent volumes on Extended Epistemology and (appearing soon) Socially Extended Epistemology.