Consciousness Explained

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Little, Brown, Feb 7, 2017 - Psychology - 528 pages
"Brilliant...as audacious as its title....Mr. Dennett's exposition is nothing short of brilliant." --George Johnson, New York Times Book Review

Consciousness Explained is a a full-scale exploration of human consciousness. In this landmark book, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence. Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book.
 

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User Review  - haig51 - LibraryThing

Daniel Dennett's eliminative materialism tries to cut through the hard problem of consciousness by completely removing the concept of qualia as a wrongheaded folk psychological epiphenomenon and ... Read full review

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It's rough when you get to page 433 of a long, often tedious slog (detailed examinations of dozens of very specific experiments) and the author says "My explanation of consciousness is far from ... Read full review

Contents

Cover
Explaining Consciousness
A Visit to the Phenomenological Garden
A Method for Phenomenology
Multiple Drafts Versus the Cartesian Theater
Words Pictures and Thoughts
2
Reporting and Expressing
3
Zombies Zimboes and the User Illusion
4
Partial Zombiehood?
11
An Exercise in ConsciousnessRaising
11
What Aside from Information Is Still Missing?
11
Filling In versus Finding
11
Neglect as a Pathological Loss of Epistemic Appetite
11
Virtual Presence
11
A Dialogue with Otto
11
Qualia Disqualified 1 A New Kite String
12

Problems with Folk Psychology
5
Time and Experience
8
Inside the Black Box of Consciousness
8
Evolution in Brains and the Baldwin Effect
8
The Invention of Good and Bad Habits of Autostimulation
11
Evolution
17
The Virtual Machine to
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How Words Do Things with
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The Architecture of the Human Mind
9
Show and Tell
10
Dismantling the Witness Protection Program 1 Review
11
Why Are There Colors?
12
Enjoying Our Experiences
12
Inverted Qualia
12
Epiphenomenal Qualia?
12
Getting Back on My Rocker
12
The Reality of Selves
13
How Human Beings Spin a Self
13
How Many Selves to a Customer?
13
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
13
Consciousness Imagined
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