In short, when you use a hammer, your brain-map of “self” EXTENDS to _INCLUDE THE HAMMER_

Here’s one nice crossover between Philosophy and Cognitive Science: Heidegger.

Heidegger proposed in the late 1920s that a person’s tools becomes a part of them as they work.

About two years ago – nearly 100 years after Heidegger , fMRI scans proved Heidegger was correct, as part of their embodied cognition experiments.

In short, when you use a hammer, your brain-map of “self” EXTENDS to _INCLUDE THE HAMMER_. The hammer becomes a part of *you*, quite literally.

Same is true for experienced car drivers. Your mental body-space extends outwards to include the entire car. That’s why we can drive at all and avoid accidents, park and such. The machine becomes a part of us in our mental maps.

So, that’s a nice bit of Heidegger that’s been proven true, at least to my satisfaction smile emoticon

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