This preview shows page 109 - 111 out of 171 pages.
DAUGHTER: Not just a treaty to limit arms, right? But also a treaty to disarm, in which each step created a need for the next step. Imagine a world in which the political process became so addicted to disarmingthat after all the real weapons were gone, we had an annual ritual of burning cardboard mock-ups to bring back the good feeling. FATHER: A change of sign in fact. DAUGHTER: Daddy, before we move on from this, I want to try out an idea. It seems to me that my level one –and ordinary sustained organic dependency –fits your zero learning, and matches up with the diagrams of the heating system or shooting with a rifle in chapter 4. I have [[p_134]] a certain need for drinking water, and when my thirst passes a certain threshold it triggers a switch that makes me get up from my typing and take a drink. Something like that. And the system keeps going around the same homeostatic cycle. But with addiction, the hit of whatever it is resets the bias, changes the structure, as you call it, so next time I‘ll need more. Is it like calibration, changing the system every time? FATHER: Instead of meeting a need, you‘re creating one.DAUGHTER: And look, Daddy, it matches with what you said about Lamarckian evolution being fatal, doesn‘t?FATHER: so now it‘s your turn to do some thinking. As I said, the question could hardly be more important. [[p_135]] XIII The Unmocked God (GB) Be not deceive; God is not mocked. (Gal. 6:7) What has been said so far can be read as argument or evidence for the reality of very large mental systems, systems of ecological size and larger, within which the mentality of the single human being is a subsystem. These large mental systems are characterized by, among other things, constraints on the transmission of information between their parts. Indeed, we can argue from the circumstance that some information should not reach some locations in large, organized systems to assert the realnature of these systems –to
assert the existence of that whole whose integrity would be threatened by inappropriate communication. By the word ―real‖ in this context, I mean simply that it is necessary for explanationto think in terms of organizations of this size, attributing to these systems the characteristics of mental process (as defined by the criteria listed in chapter 2). But it is one thing to claim that this is necessary and not surprising and quite another to go on to say, however vaguely, what sort of mind such a vast organization might be. What characteristics would such minds expectably show? Are they, perhaps, the sort of thing that men have called gods? The great theistic religions of the world have ascribed many sorts of mentality to the highest gods, but almost invariably their characteristics [[p_136]] have been derived from human models. Gods have been variously imagined as loving, vengeful, capricious, long-suffering, patient, impatient, cunning, incorruptible, bribable, childish, elderly, masculine, feminine, sexy, sexless, and so on.
As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.
Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern
I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.
University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern
The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.
Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern
Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
Ask Expert Tutors
You can ask
You can ask
You can ask
(will expire )