Humanity, Metaphor & the Recursive Mind

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Humanity, Metaphor & the Recursive Mind

Post by Philosophy Now » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:10 pm

Brian King wonders what there is about human minds that’s unique to us.

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Re: Humanity, Metaphor & the Recursive Mind

Post by commonsense » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:36 pm

Brian King says that what distinguishes our minds from the minds of other animals is our ability to use metaphors and recursion. If you are in a hurry, you can stop reading now.

But if you read King’s article, you'll see his straightforward yet nuanced argument for the case that human evolution has caused, with respect to other animals, a difference in degree, rather than kind, that resulted in plentiful development of axions and dendrites in the neocortex of humans. If you are interested in philosophy of mind or language, it is worth your time to take a look at this piece.

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Re: Humanity, Metaphor & the Recursive Mind

Post by A_Seagull » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:30 am

The main difference in thinking between humans and other species is the extensive use of language. That became more significant with the introduction of writing.

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