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Gallagher offers a set of dialogues among himself and a few neuroscientists, together with Michael Gazzaniga, Marc Jeannerod, and Chris Frith, at the relation among the brain and mind.
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It is a common practice today among philosophers and scientists to circulate their ideas by sending around their latest papers to colleagues, or posting them on their webpages for people to read. It was more difficult in Descartes’s day to accomplish a wide circulation, through the mails that depended on less than modern transportation systems. Yet Descartes, keen on getting feedback from significant thinkers, was able to get the manuscript of his Meditations around to a number of critical commentators, including the British philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
It does not seem valid to argue from ‘I am thinking’ to ‘I am thought’, or from ‘I am walking’ to ‘I am a walk’. You assume that an intelligent thing is the same as intellection, which is the action of an intelligent thing; or at least that an intelligent thing is the same as the intellect, which is the capacity possessed by an intelligent thing. You know that philosophers distinguish the underlying subject from its capacities and actions…. Consequently, a thinking thing is the subject that underlies mind, reason, or understanding, and it must be something corporeal.
Descartes: Well I admit that I did use words which were as abstract as I could find to refer to the thing or substance, with the intention of divesting it of everything that did not belong to it. In contrast, you, Mr. Hobbes, use words that are as concrete as possible (such as ‘subject’, ‘matter’, or ‘body’) to signify the thinking thing, just so it cannot be separated from body. But enough of verbal quibbles: let us get down to the substantial issue. g. to think of thought without a thinking thing; that which thinks is not nothing, as you say.