Where is this highly entropic region located in humans ? Do we become unitelligent if it is removed ?**
The highly entropic region is the body itself, specifically a warm-blooded body carrying the brain. Consider the amount of heat-energy that a warm-blooded creature creates as compared to a cold-blooded creature like a reptile or fish. Also, “removing” the body wouldn’t reduce intelligence, but it’s a necessity for sentience to evolve in the first place, to counter the negative entropy of the highly ordered mind/brain.
Things can get complex anytime you’ve got an energy gradient that a creature can exploit.
That’s the point; is that energy gradient necessary to develop sentience?
**Brian Bunnyhurt wrote:
I think problem-solving has something to do with free hands or extremities as biotility (a neologism).**
I was thinking more of problem solving as conceptualizing. For example; a lizard walking along feels hungry. It spies a morsel of food in a tree. But it does nothing about it, rather it looks for something immediately available rather than make a plan to get THAT morsel of food. Rather than using tools, it conceptualizes a solution to its problem (feeding itself) and acts on that plan. Tools are handy to solve the problem, but not a necessity.
This endless discussion of where the dividing line is between animals is one that makes little sense to me. The
original point seemed to be the question “How can we prove Man is superior to beasts” and thus a special creation in God’s image and not a beast.**
Oh, I fully agree; Man has no special place in the “Great Hierarchy” of animals, except that he does have sentience. I would also point out that whales, dolphins, elephants and great apes also display these traits. If they’re as sentient as humans, that’s for another thread. Also note; they’re all warm-blooded creatures. As far as I know, no cold-blooded creature has ever shown these traits. So, is there a link between sentience and cold/warm-blooded-ness?
I dunno, let me ask my robot…**
So, how did your robot answer?