Could sensing play multiple roles?

Andy Clark*

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In his engaging and provocative target article, Jarvilehto (1998) argues that the senses are not transmitters of environmental information so much as connections that support dynamic organism-environment systems. I think there is much to applaud in this treatment, but I want to raise two small doubts: one concerning the nature of the target (why information transmission rather than inner model-building?) and the other concerning the scope of the claim (is sensing always and only used in the way the author suggests?).

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Afference
  • Artificial life
  • Efference
  • Epistemology
  • Evolution
  • Gibson
  • Knowledge
  • Motor theory
  • Movement
  • Perception
  • Receptors
  • Robotics
  • Sensation
  • Sensorimotor systems
  • Situatedness


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