You were doing so good. The mereological fallacy had been avoided for almost half the article and then this. Our brains are incapable of learning new languages or sports, or learning anything at all. Only of a human being (and some non human animals) with a (mostly) fully functioning brain and nervous system can we say it is capable of learning. I harp on this point so continually these days because it is so critical to the current conversation surrounding the possibility of AI. Many persons have in their heads this idea of an AI as a disembodied consciousness “living” inside a computer or on the web. People who believe this as a real possibility often use the human brain and its many purported powers as conceptual ‘proof[ of the idea. The importance of the body in the entire equation is completely forgotten about, as is the differentiation between ‘you’ and ‘your brain”. To these people you are your brain and your body is just unfortunate baggage, a historical accident of evolution, that should be kicked to the curb and left behind at the first opportunity. The logical fallacy inherent in that position fails to occur to them and most of the reason for that is the widespread commission of said fallacy in writings on the topic of neuroscience. The practice of meditation itself reinforces the importance of the body with its emphasis on breathing and relaxation. I ask you to consider this, can a brain meditate?

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