Single Idea 4688

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 2. Reduction of Mind]

Full Idea

If we think of a pea, and then of the Eiffel Tower, they seem to occupy the same space in our consciousness, suggesting that we scale our images to fit the available hardware, just as computer imagery is limited by the screen and memory available.

Gist of Idea

We imagine small and large objects scaled to the same size, suggesting a fixed capacity for imagination


Michael Lavers (talk [2003]), quoted by PG - Db (ideas)

A Reaction

Nice point. It is especially good because it reinforces a physicalist view of the mind from introspection, where most other evidence is external observation of brains (as Nietzsche reinforces determinism by introspection).