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Old 03-13-2023, 01:17 PM   #11
phiwum
 
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Default Re: Talent/Spell of the Week: Summon Scout

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The article* describes echolocation as "similar to the human sense of vision." That might be true if one accepts Plato's conception of vision, with the eye sending out rays, but that model has long since been abandoned by all by the most devoted of his followers. Oh, well, I guess that's what you get when philosophers delve into neuroscience.

*To be fair, that's the Wikipdia article on the paper, not the paper itself.
Well, I don't really want to get into Nagel's stuff. And to be fair, the paper was published in 1974, but whether a bat is the best example isn't really all that relevant. We can certainly imagine critters (perhaps from another planet) with quite different senses than we have and with what we could call consciousness.

Oops. Again, I only mentioned Nagel's article in passing, not as a serious issue for TFT. With magic, lots of weird things are possible. Which, to be fair, really is kind of the point of magic.
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