Is the mind the same as the body? What is consciousness? Can machines have it?
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Some cultures don't even have a single distinct concept of "mind" which is equivalent to that in Western psychology, philosophy. It's more an endemic idea rather than a societal universal.Philosophy Explorer wrote:Do you see a difference between the mind and the mind conceiving of itself? I believe there is?
Philosophy Explorer wrote:Do you see a difference between the mind and the mind conceiving of itself? I believe there is?
All animals have a mind, that may be extended to all living things but that would depend on whether you require a brain to have a mind. And I will call a mind and awareness as possibly equivalent, and this is where we may extend the mind to living things that are aware. The phrase "I think, therefore I am", will do for me to illustrate the difference. Animals have gotten to the "I am" phase of this statement but so far as I know only humans have discovered the whole statement. "I think, therefore I am" would indicate a mind that is able to conceive of itself, whereas "I am" would just indicate a mind that is aware of it's environment, but not one that is able to contemplate itself and that environment. I will concede that some animals may have gotten beyond "I am" to some degree of "I think, therefore I am", but so far as I know, humans are the only animals that can articulate and express these ideas.
I would think there would be a single minded consciousness of, and focus on survival, be that of the individual or the offspring.duszek wrote:But what would an animal hiding from a predator think ?
He is trying not to be (in the predator´s consciousness at least).
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