Thursday, July 3, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Flies, humans, non-thinking.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-07-03]: Fruit flies 'think' before they act, a study suggests. Neuroscientists showed that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions. In experiments asking fruit flies to distinguish between ever closer concentrations of an odor, the researchers found that the flies don't act instinctively or impulsively. Instead they appear to accumulate information before committing to a choice. [1] However what separates us from the flies is not the ability to think. What makes us unique is not thought. What makes us gods is non-thinking! If you want to be a great complicated fly, be my guest!

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