RE: The dangers of genuine ignorance (was: Volitional Morality and Action Judgement)

From: Michael Wilson (
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 00:21:08 MDT

> Actually, a major thrust of what Win Wenger has to say
> about increasing one's intelligence (,
> highly recommended) is based on the idea that the
> human mind has scads of intelligence to call upon,
> while the conscious part is but the tip of an iceberg,

This is an example of the other, wider definition of 'consciousness'
in common use (like many common philosophical and psychological
terms, it's hopelessly overloaded) i.e. 'introspective visibility'
(and consequent deliberative directability). General intelligence
without introspection is actually impossible, although useful things
can be achieved with a pretty limited self-model. In fact humans prove
that a little introspection can go a long way (compared to a typical
mammal anyway).

 * Michael Wilson


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