Philosophy of the Arts


Acquiring a cat’s mind

You know how cats can’t concentrate on a task; how, whenever something moves in their direct vicinity, that something is their project … immediately?
We seem to head in that direction. Whenever we sit behind the computer whatever distracts our attention makes us move towards it, inducing us to forget what we were doing in the first place.

The sole difference between us and the cat seems to be that we live under the illusion that somewhere there is a place where our past projects are retained (whether this is our personal memories or the internet). We may be in for a surprise in the longer run.

That goes to show that it is important for philosophy of mind to get to grips with associations, next to, or: rather than with the ways we reason.

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