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Re: Logic Vs 'Common Sense'/Instinct

From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 11:44:14 +0000
Archived: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 08:10:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Logic Vs 'Common Sense'/Instinct

>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:46:46 -0000
>Subject: Logic Vs 'Common Sense'/Instinct

>Evolved brains use logic, while primitive ones use common
>sense/instinct (depending how primitive).

Sorry, Ray, but on close inspection this one just doesn't stand

Commonsense/instinct proceeds on the same if>then basis as your
'evolved brain logic'. Human beings have codified these
procedures, but that's the only real difference between us and
our fellow creatures.

Yet another instance of the anthropocentric conceit, I'm afraid.
Until we rid ourselves of these erroneous, but deeply embedded,
ideas about our own uniqueness, our thinking on all sorts of
things will remain hopelessly clouded.

We recently acquired two extremely lively kittens, and watching
them apply sharp inductive logic to the business of coming to
terms with their new environment is a real pleasure. They, like
us, are complex adaptive systems. Lower down the evolutionary
scale basic ('primitive'?) organisms have much less complex
adaptive systems that don't encompass learning in the way that
my kittens and I do it. But logic is still at work in these
life-forms, most, in some cases all, of it hard-wired.

Better not to think of Intelligence, awareness, logic, self-
awareness etc. etc. as a series of on-off switches separating
one life-form from another, but rather to regard these phenomena
as existing to varying degrees along a series of spectrums.
Doing so makes it much easier to understand how evolution can
function: it is no accident of mankind's intellectual history
that those who can't or don't want to accept the idea of
evolution are equally in thrall to various versions of the
anthropocentric conceit - the former's error is a necessary
corollary of the latter's delusion. --

Gerald O'Connell

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