Abstract: When plants are viewed under various time and spatial scales, their behaviour can appear quite intelligent. This presentation simply aims at questioning some of the basic terminology used by Philosophers of Mind, and Cognitive Scientists. The goal of the presentation is not to answer the following questions, but to stimulate discussion and reflection.
- Can plants process information? Do they compute/calculate? Make decisions? Can plants think?
- Do they have goals, plans, intentions, memories? Can they know? Do they represent information? How?
- Do they attend, sense, perceive, feel? Can they be conscious?
- Can they learn? Anticipate?
- Can they communicate?
- Do they have free will?
The parting thought is in showing that a trivial stimulus-response system is Turing Complete, so perhaps pointing to individual plant processes and showing that each one alone is a stimulus-response portion might miss the overall system-wide intelligence…
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- Presented to FYSM 1400 “Cognition: A Scientific Exploration of the Mind” on September 26, 2008 (Instructed by Robert L. West).
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