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Single Idea 19744

[catalogued under 16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 2. Mental Continuity / a. Memory is Self]

Full Idea

If Otto relies on his notebook, what this comes to is that Otto himself is best regarded as an extended system, a coupling of biological organism and external resources.

Gist of Idea

If a person relies on their notes, those notes are parted of the extended system which is the person


A Clark / D Chalmers (The Extended Mind [1998], 5)

Book Reference

-: 'Analysis' [-], p.8

A Reaction

You start to get giddy as you read this stuff. If two people constantly share a notebook, they begin to blend into one another. It inclines me towards a more 'animalist' view of the nature of a person or a self.