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  •  how do you know? (1+ / 0-)
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    that's a serious question.

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:38:01 PM PDT

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    •  Because the current scientific understanding (0+ / 0-)

      of consciousness requires neurons.  Plants don't have any.  You may say "Well, scientific understanding changes," but that's not a reason to suppose something for which there's no evidence.

      •  sure it is. how could it not be? knowledge isn't (0+ / 0-)

        static.  a breakthrough could happen anytime that changes completely how we think of intelligence.  we both know that.

        the only surety is, like you said, that scientific understanding changes.

        This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

        by mallyroyal on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:44:36 PM PDT

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        •  But that's not a basis to suppose something (0+ / 0-)

          for which there is no evidence, anymore than when Creationists cite changing scientific understanding to say, "Well, how do you know that in a hundred years science won't find the Bible true?"

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