Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Extended Cognition: Brain, Fingers, Web and Krang


Thoughts of a spider... Olivier Roland/EyeEm/Getty
Thoughts of a spider... Olivier Roland/EyeEm/Getty

It’s easy to think yourself a mere brain within a human body -- a cognitive machine making sense out of all the incoming sense data from outside world. But what if other parts of the body and even objects beyond the body serve a vital role in our cognition? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the concept of extended cognition and how it relates to the human condition, number systems, spider webs, octopuses, mantises and even a fictional alien brain monster.

Related Content:

I Was Eaten by a Giant Spider (podcast)

Phobia of the Week: Arachnophobia

Where is my mind? (podcast)

The Body Illithid: Science of the Mind Flayers (podcast)

The Centaur with Two Hearts (podcast)

Outside Content:

Does a Spider Use Its Web Like You Use Your Smartphone? (Atlantic)

Topics in this Podcast: biology, neuroscience