Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What is it like to be a bat?

I forgot to mention Thomas Nagel's classic essay "What is it like to be a bat?", The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4 (October 1974): 435-50, when I was talking about the mind body problem earlier. One of the more convincing portrayals, I thought, of what it's like to be another animal was Paul Auster's Timbuktu, whose protagonist was a fairly loyal dog of a homeless person. Also don't forget T.H.White's rendition of Arthur's experience as a goose, ant, etc. in The Once and Future King.

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