If mind is exosomatically embodied in signs  . . .

The acceptance of external signs as part of human cognition leads to different conceptions on the relation between cognition and environment that put much more emphasis on the active participation of the latter in shaping our minds.

lensWe actively participate in the construction of niches (semiotic structures and processes physically available in the environment), which fundamentally alter our capabilities. They make complex semiotic processes available to attention, consciousness, perception, opening a new range of semiotic operation; permiting, for instance, deep self-inspection of complex semiotic processes.

 

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Joao Queiroz & Pedro Ata

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