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Single Idea 4877

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 2. Life]

Full Idea

Might plants just be 'very slow animals', enjoying sentience that has been overlooked by us because of our human timescale chauvinism?

Gist of Idea

Maybe plants are very slow (and sentient) animals, overlooked because we are faster?


Daniel Dennett (Kinds of Minds [1996], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Kinds of Minds' [Phoenix 1997], p.87

A Reaction

Delightful thought, arising from pondering the significance of the speed of operation of the brain. I think it is false, because I think high speed is essential to mind, and Dennett seems not to.