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 up. 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 http://www.onlyport.com Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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