- adj. of animal behaviour deterministic; pre-programmed
- Coined by Douglas Hofstadter in his column Metamagical Themas, after a study of the behaviour of sphexide wasps. (Wiktionary)
“(Experiments reveal that humans have areas in which they repeat the same mistakes endlessly too, so it seems we might be "sphexish" as well).”
“And then you need to decide if you are going to call something that might well be perfectly sphexish – without any ability to flexibly respond to novel circumstance – "intelligent" in the first place!”
“(Compare Dan Dennett’s idea that when we get distressed by the notion that humans lack radical free will, it’s really because we’re concerned with being sphexish rather than with being determined per se.)”
“Now, what might well bother us is to see ourselves as what Daniel Dennett calls “sphexish “: determined in some crude or stupid way.”
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