Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ghost in the machine



... my today’s self perpetually slips out of any hold of it that I may try to take.

Gilbert Ryle, "The Concept of Mind", p. 196.

When two terms belong to the same category, it is proper to construct conjunctive propositions embodying them. Thus a purchaser may say that he bought a left-hand glove and a right- hand glove, but not that he bought a left-hand glove, a right- hand glove, and a pair of gloves. ‘She came home in a flood of tears and a sedan-chair’ is a well known joke based on the absurdity of conjoining terms of different types. Now the dogma of the Ghost in the Machine does just this. It maintains that there exist both bodies and minds.

Gilbert Ryle, "The Concept of Mind", p. 23.

6 comments:

itzktb said...

Before I recognized the ghost in the machine, I was reminded of a favorite childhood game called Tiddlywinks, also of the flaxseed capsules I down each morning.

runnerfrog said...

I had a game of frog Tiddlywinks when I was a child, that memory was buried so down below. Loved it.

itzktb said...

Perhaps not so buried after all, perhaps what I see in the machine are those tiny tiddly frogs.

runnerfrog said...

Not buried because the frogs leap, no?

Will Doohan said...

They look like red blood cells to me, new ones coming to life in the marrow of our bones.

"Ghost in the Machine" was an excellent album by the way. I use to spark up a doobie and listen to it every day when I came home from work for about a month. ;-D

runnerfrog said...

Every album is excellent when combined with a doobie. "Every little thing she does is magic".

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