Comment QT Re: where is intelligence located


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where is intelligence located (Score: 4, Interesting)

by on 2014-03-20 22:28 (#QH)

in biological organisms. We typically think about the mind being in the brain, but studies like this suggest that intelligence can be distributed through the body.

Notwithstanding the obvious other "brains" we might joke about having, I wonder how distributed human intelligence is and where we draw the line between a "mechanical" response versus an "intelligent" one from a given subsystem of the body.

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 3, Informative)

by on 2014-03-21 03:19 (#QP)

Usually it isn't phrased as intelligence vs. not, it's described as conscious vs. unconscious. Conscious thought does happen in the brain, but a lot of unconscious things that you do are more distributed. Sneezing, orgasms, some reactions, are managed by your spinal cord.

There was that famous headless chicken, forget his name, that survived for quite a long time with no brain.

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 3, Funny)

by on 2014-03-21 11:42 (#QT)

"Miracle Mike"


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2014-03-21 18:32 Informative +1

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