Wednesday January 8th 2014 Tim
The plant people, will argue that intelligence is primarily "an ability
to solve problems." The animal people will argue that without
neurons there is no intelligence and the word "intelligence" cannot be
associated with anything that plants might or might not do. In
general "structure" has what I will call "centeredness," more like
something around which purpose is built than a particular point on the
diagram. More like a possibility bumbling together, rather than
something preordained. And how I wish I could demonstrate this,
rather than just think it.
Indeed the longer I go round and around through the
sleepless hours, the more persuaded I am to believe that
life is a property of matter, rather than a thing all by
itself. What we experience through consciousness is no
more than an attempt to grasp meaning through 'a particular
structure.' And while every word needs its shared
definition I ask myself what might the meaning of "meaning"
be. If you look around you'll find "meaning" associated with
"conveying a particular idea." And I guess
"the ability to solve problems" depends upon "a particular
structure." Or not, as the case maybe.