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Pondering Mental Analogies And Metaphors

Some of our analogies about thinking and consciousness historically tend to mimic the contemporary technologies of their times. For instance, mechanical automatons were popular in the seventeenth century. The mechanical or clockwork devices performed lifelike tasks for entertainment. Rudimentary manufacturing … Continue reading

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On Second Thought

A year ago, I was presented with the opportunity to purchase my house. I mulled over the pros and cons. At first, I thought it would be smart to turn down the offer and find a newer place to live. … Continue reading

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The Light

I like this metaphor that some philosophers use, “when the lights come on”, to describe when a living organism becomes conscious. Of course there is the bookend phrase, “when the lights go out” to describe death. The simple phrases are … Continue reading

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Challenge

My current challenges seem like a walk in the park if I compare them to those of other people and what humanity as a whole are facing. When I make this comparison, my challenges seem a bit easier to process. … Continue reading

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To Think

Shortly after booting up the laptop this morning, its software began a “critical update”. This was unusual and unexpected, so my mind was thrown for a loop. My morning routine had been interrupted. My thoughts had been shifted away from … Continue reading

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Mind The Mind

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.”–Thomas Hobbes The old Hobbes quote is one that pops up in my mind from time to time. This occurred this morning while observing “Orange” the cat who visits my doorstep nearly every day. … Continue reading

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Cogitating

I like the sound and appearance of the word “cogitating”. It has an old-fashioned, down-home vibe. “Cogitating” is used frequently by my elder friend Charlie. Charlie is in his mid-80s but looks like he’s perhaps 60 or so. He’s a … Continue reading

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