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Decomposing the Will$
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Andy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746996.001.0001

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Recomposing the Will

Recomposing the Will

Distributed Motivation and Computer-Mediated Extrospection

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Decomposing the Will

Lars Hall

Petter Johansson

David de Léon

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the problem of self-control back to its roots in research on agency and intentionality, and discusses the relationship between self-knowledge and self-control in the context of the authors’ own research on choice blindness. In addition, it provides a range of suggestions for how modern sensor and computing technology might be of use in scaffolding and augmenting our self-control abilities, an avenue that has remained largely unexplored. In this discussion, two core concepts are introduced. The first is the concept of computer-mediated extrospection, which builds and expands on the familiar idea of self-observation or self-monitoring as a way to gain self-knowledge. The second is the notion of distributed motivation, which follows as a natural extension of the use of precommitment and self-binding as tools to overcome a predicted weakness of one’s will.

Keywords:   introspection, self-knowledge, self-control, choice blindness, computer-mediated extrospection, distributed motivation, intentionality

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