Sunday, May 23, 2010

Looks like the C-C Fallacy to Me

Noë seems to me to commit the coupling-constitution fallacy in the move from the second sentence to the third:
I agree with the philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers that there is no principled reason not to think of the wristwatch, the landmarks, the pen and paper, the linguistic community, as belonging to my mind.  The causal processes that enable us to talk and think and find our ways around are not confined to what is going on in our skulls.  But that is just a way of saying that the machinery of the mind itself is not confined to the skull. (Noe, 2009, p. 82)
A. Noë, Out of Our Heads: Why you are not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. (New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2009).

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