Blacksmiths Make Their Own Tools


From Dan Dennett’s “Intuition Pumps and other Tools For Thinking”


2 responses to “Blacksmiths Make Their Own Tools”

  1. Something here about the hierarchy of materials, that works in favour of the blacksmith, but against the carpenter.

    But if you’ve ever played Minecraft, you’ll know you can bootstrap your own tool-making. Start with your fists, make a wooden axe, then use that to make a stone pickaxe, then an iron one, etc. Does this work in the real world?

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