Thursday, May 13, 2010
So, why does common sense say the mind is in the head?
As I've tried to document, the EC literature has the meme that in-the-head cognition is a mere a priori prejudice. But, that seems to me pretty unlikely. Here is a speculation. I would bet that humans came to this view pretty early in the history of the species. When they fought in hand to hand combat, many were injured. They probably noticed that serious leg wounds might keep you from walking, but still allow you to think. They probably also noticed that serious head wounds made thinking a lot more difficult. So, they came to the view that legs are walking thingies; brains are thinking thingies. This is surely defeasible reasoning and one might even think it is defeated reasoning. Still, it is not a priori reasoning. It is dispels the claim of the mind being in the head as mere prejudice.