[ExI] The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning
avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 16 09:50:28 UTC 2011
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> From: Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se>
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> Sent: Thu, June 16, 2011 1:01:50 AM
> Subject: Re: [ExI] The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning
> Doesn't this theory assume we had communication before reasoning?
That's not a far-fetched assumption. If one considers quorum sensing and
chemical messaging by bacteria to be a form of communication then "we" had
communication a billion years or so before "we"
When male birds sing can they not be said to be arguing their fitness with one
another for benefit of the females? Does it matter that they argue intricate
sound patterns passed down through generations, rather than logical conclusions
based upon dubious premises?
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