Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


enaction

The process whereby a world is brought forth by the interaction or structural coupling between an embodied agent and its medium or environment; also the study of the manner in which a subject of perception creatively matches its actions to the requirements of its situation. "Organisms do not passively receive information from their environments, which they then translate into internal representations. Natural cognitive systems...participate in the generation of meaning ...engaging in transformational and not merely informational interactions: they enact a world. " The term was coined by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, in The Embodied Mind (1991).


Topics
Emergence, Cognitive Science
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