I simplify the nature of written language. It’s primarily spoken language, frozen.
Brains are not bulletproof, however ideas have staying power BECAUSE of the functioning of language and the ability for us to take things OUT OF our mind-bodies (switching to here) – onto paper, “into” other minds, etc.
In short, deposited elsewhere.
This is their power over a single human nervous system.
I’m biased however: I tend towards embodied cognition. Our brain, body, environment, society – all of these thing are an integral part of “me”.
We can separate them out for analysis sake, but you can’t have a human being that never had human contact for example. Socialization is required from the start.
Of course there’s a time where we need less and less of it bur by then, we have everything we need to function as autonomous being WITHIN an environment which ALSO influences us and us it, even it we choose to be done with ‘the social’ because we have created a society we carry with us at all times.
I’d go so far to say that we’re doing it wrong.
All evidence shows that we are not brains in vats… that our minds are not ‘us’, because of the clear fact that we exist within societies and environments that we continually interact with.
In short, “the lab”, while useful, cannot tell the whole story.
It’s awkward to have to consider things like “the social” and the walls of the room you’re in at the time and the affordances… but I believe it is necessary to get an accurate picture.
We’re just not used to that way of thinking, so we miss the flaw in our thinking entirely.