[lit-ideas] Re: Here's a new spin on preventative medicine

  • From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 18:03:29 -0700 (PDT)

You're assuming that only 'deep thoughts' constitute thinking, when in fact 
they constitute *human* thinking, and mostly useless and/or counterproductive 
thinking at that.&nbsp; Most of the thinking is in the form of knee jerk 
reaction nonthinking that gets in the way of humanity's own narrow definition 
of life.&nbsp; Mindedness is much more than sentience.&nbsp; It's about 
exploring one's world and knowing how to use that world to one's advantage, for 
example, to make one's self undesirable to invading insects (it's what makes 
vegetables so nutritious) and on and on.&nbsp; I saw a cartoon in the New 
Yorker of a guy walking on a tight rope with a balance thing in his hands and a 
squirrel and birds sitting on the tight rope saying Ooo, we're sooo 
Humans really need to get out more.&nbsp; They know how to read but they 
literally don't know to come in out of the rain half the time.&nbsp; And dogs 
may not think 'deep thoughts' but in addition to far better senses than we 
have, they also have a sixth sense.&nbsp;
Mindedness in humans comes from the same electrical, chemical stuff in the 
brain that runs the trees and leaves and all other life.&nbsp; Unfortunately 
for humans, they feel&nbsp;they're better than the rest of life put together, 
when in fact we're only one species that's doing a real number on itself.

--- On Sun, 6/1/08, Robert Paul &lt;rpaul@xxxxxxxx&gt; wrote:

From: Robert Paul &lt;rpaul@xxxxxxxx&gt;
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Here's a new spin on preventative medicine
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2008, 12:47 AM

I did not say that 'only statements, etc., exist in a true/false 
context.' I have no idea what that means and don't want to guess. I
that it is only statements. etc., of which truth or falsity is 
predicated. I grant that 'true' and 'false' are sometimes used
distinguish the genuine from the fake, as in 'true friend,' 'true 
Scotsman,' etc. But here 'true' and 'false' can be
replaced, with no 
loss of meaning with 'genuine, 'real, 'authentic,' or
'fake,' 'ersatz,' 
'phony,' 'unreliable,' 'Made in China,' as needed.

Truth, in the interesting sense usually takes a that clause: 'It's true

that [whales are mammals], as does falsehood: 'It's false [that whales 
are fish].' I really don't know what mindedness is (is is something
sentience?) or what it has to do with truth or falsity.

I'm not sure a tree 'knows how' to keep itself going, as opposed to

merely doing it. Could a tree forget and suddenly wither? Do kudzu vines 
really care about the environment, or are they botanical rogues? These 
are questions for the philosophers here. I believe, of course, in Ents, 
and have no doubt that my dogs think deep thoughts.

Robert Paul

&gt; Responding to Robert Paul first, if one says only statements, etc. exist 
&gt; in a true/false context, we eliminate a huge chunk of mindedness, i.e. 
&gt; nearly all of life.  A tree has mindedness.  It knows how to turn the 
&gt; sun into life, how to grow leaves, how to get water, and on and on.  It 
&gt; lives in the same realm of electrical and chemical impulses and 
&gt; communication within itself and with its environment that we do, and 
&gt; every bit as sophisticated as we are.  And it's far more intelligent, 
&gt; since it doesn't destroy the environment it lives in.  To limit 
&gt; truth/falsity to concrete statements and concrete things is to say that 
&gt; humans are such a reduced species.

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