[ExI] mind body dualism

x at extropica.org x at extropica.org
Mon Jun 28 13:59:28 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 12:08 AM, Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com> wrote:
> To clarify things, you need to start precisely defining terms, and most people are just not interested in doing that.  They know what they mean and if other people don't, well, it's just tough.  Some people even use Humpty-Dumpty's tactic, and change the normal meaning of a word to suit themselves.

Yes, many people fail to distinguish between "minds" (a matter of
function) and "selves" (a matter of identification.)  Then they
compound the confusion with the Aristotelian (A = A) assumption of
discreteness: that a particular mind is the same regardless of the
environment of interaction (necessary to any process), or that a
particular "self" is the same self regardless of the observer
(necessary to any identification.)

We will imagine/discuss/create so much more after we get past these basics.

- Jef

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