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[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 5. Concepts and Language / c. Concepts without language]

Full Idea

Concepts do not require consciousness. As Jaynes says, the bee has a concept of a flower, but not a conscious concept.

Gist of Idea

Maybe there can be non-conscious concepts (e.g. in bees)


Daniel Dennett (Brainchildren [1998], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Brainchildren' [Penguin 1998], p.128

A Reaction

Does the flower have a concept of rain? Rain plays a big functional role in its existence. It depends, alas, on what we mean by a 'concept'.