“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pattern Recognition and Thought

Without a sense of how thought involves loops, I see now way to endorse this idea that thought can reduced to pattern recognition.

The trouble is, who or what recognizes the pattern? If you claim it's another pattern recognizer you have a potential infinite regress.

HT Cliff Gerrish, again!

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