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William Benzon wrote:
> Mind: The dynamics of the entire brain, perhaps even the entire
> nervous system, including the peripheral nervous system,
> constitutes the mind.
> If that's so, then why shouldn't it be true of every known organic system?
> Do the dynamics of an entire eco-system constitute a mind? Do the
> of an entire cell constitute the mind of the cell?
Why would you want to say such things? My definition spoke to nervous
systems, not systems in general. I don't see why anyone would want to leap
to such a conclusion.
It's a logical point. You've cast your net too widely.
The problem is that you can't demonstrate why, if a brain is accompanied by
a mind, an electric piano wouldn't have one as well.
Where do you draw the line? After all, an electric piano has a kind of
nervous system. It has input and output. It functions dynamically as a
whole. So, does it have a mind or not?
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