Evolution and humans: big brain size uses energy (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Friday, October 27, 2017, 14:27 (2398 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: There is no implication in my thinking that the big brain is the source of new concepts. It allows them as the person/self/consciousness develops them.

dhw: As before, please explain what you mean by “allows”. It sounds like the brain saying to the “soul”: “I’ve gotten bigger now, so you can think up some new concepts.” In our earlier discussions, my point was that if there is such a thing as a “soul”, the sequence is:
BRAIN: There’s an animal, and you gotta kill it if you wanner eat it.
SOUL: Ugh, tough goin’ an’ mighty dangerous wi’ just bare hands. But I got an idea. Maybe I could make sumpun real sharp, put it on a stick an’ throw it.
BRAIN: Ain’t never done nothin’ like that before. Gotta add a few bits an’ pieces to get them muscles to make it an’ throw it.
First: Information. Second: concept. Third: brain expansion in order to implement concept.

Of course, if the brain is the SOURCE of new concepts, we need to find another explanation for how a bunch of cells can come with ideas and expand their community in order to implement them. That would be the basis of my compromise between materialism and dualism (i.e. through cellular intelligence) which, please note, does NOT exclude your God. But it's an idea I need to work on.

You have totally forgotten hat I views the brain as a passive computer run by me/soul/ consciousness. The larger size allows the more complex development of thought, concepts, etc., conducted in our enormous cortex, which animals do not have.

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