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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
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In the years since Daniel Dennett s influential i Consciousness Explained i was published in scientific research on consciousness has been a hotly contested battleground of rival theories so rambunctious Dennett observes that several people are writing books just about the tumult With i Sweet Dreams i Dennett returns to the subject for revision and renewal of his theory of consciousness taking into account major empirical advances in the field since as well as recent theoretical challenges br br In i Consciousness Explained i Dennett proposed to replace the ubiquitous but bankrupt Cartesian Theater model which posits a privileged place in the brain where it all comes together for the magic show of consciousness with the Multiple Drafts Model Drawing on psychology cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence he asserted that human consciousness is essentially the mental software that reorganizes the functional architecture of the brain In i Sweet Dreams i he recasts the Multiple Drafts Model as the fame in the brain model as a background against which to examine the philosophical issues that continue to bedevil the field br br With his usual clarity and brio Dennett enlivens his arguments with a variety of vivid examples He isolates the Zombic Hunch that distorts much of the theorizing of both philosophers and scientists and defends heterophenomenology his third person approach to the science of consciousness against persistent misinterpretations and objections The old challenge of Frank Jackson s thought experiment about Mary the color scientist is given a new rebuttal in the form of RoboMary while his discussion of a famous card trick The Tuned Deck is designed to show that David Chalmers s Hard Problem is probably just a figment of theorists misexploited imagination In the final essay the intrinsic nature of qualia is compared with the naively imagined intrinsic value of a dollar in Consciousness How Much is That in Real Money, Over a storied career Daniel C Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding And a lot of fun br em Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking em offers seventy seven of Dennett s most successful imagination extenders and focus holders meant to guide you through some of life s most treacherous subject matter evolution meaning mind and free will With patience and wit Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built br br br Alongside well known favorites like Occam s Razor and em reductio ad absurdum em lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett s own creations em Trapped in the Robot Control Room em em Beware of the Prime Mammal em and em The Wandering Two Bitser em Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology biology computer science and physics Dennett s tools embrace in equal measure light heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike As always his goal remains to teach you how to think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions br br br A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that s also studded with impish delights em Intuition Pumps em amp nbsp offers intrepid thinkers in all walks of life delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers, No description available, This collection of essays by the author offers a comprehensive theory of mind encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will Using careful arguments and ingenious thought experiments the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling institutions The essays are grouped into four sections Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality The Nature of Theory in Psychology Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience and Free Will and Personhood