human form. These are two components that will play a major role in questioning machine,man, and the importance of free will. Descartes even hypothesizes on the existences of mentalcreatures without physical forms. If such things could exist, is it too fantastic to imagine mindswithout bodies?
Both Chalmers’ paper (
The Extended Mind
) and Anderson’s paper (
Neuro-Prosthetics,the Extended Mind, and Respect for Persons with Disability
) introduce and examine theextended mind thesis. The goal of their
thesis is to figure out “where does the mind stop andthe rest of the world begin?” (
The Extended Mind
) This question and the thesisthat analyzes it are critical to understanding where the line between humanity ends and wherethe machine begins.
I strongly agree with Anderson’s ideas on the nature of neuroprosthetics
Specifically, Anderson’s idea that the mind extends beyond h
uman form, to the extent that
mechanic parts that are used by the mind are components of said mind’s body
. Anderson gives
us the example of an old man with Alzheimer’s
. He cannot remember where anything is aroundtown. To aide his survival he uses a notebook to write what features are on what streets. Thismere pad of paper is his
means of remembering how to get where he needs to go.
“Indeed, tearing sheets out of his notebook may be a greater assault on his cognit
ive systemthan removing some of his brain tissue.
” (Anderson 265)
The human who usesneuroprosthetics is still consciously a human, so long as they are the masters of the technologythey use. What about when the neuroprosthetic ceases to be an extension of the humanbody/mind? When the prosthetic becomes a critical asset in defining this human as something
? Say the human has more metallic parts than natural human parts
what are they
man, machine, or something altogether new?