Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology

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MIT Press, 1981 - Philosophy - 353 pages
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This collection of 17 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.


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This book has some worthy insights, and is good for understanding the popular psych view from the era it was written in, and has some nice insights on the author's psychological worldview on the ... Read full review

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Daniel Dennet's second book is a collection of essays on consciousness, free will, the possibility of artificial intelligence and other subjects. Good as always. Read full review


Intentional Systems
Reply to Arbib and Gunderson
Brain Writing and Mind Reading
Skinner Skinned
Why the Law of Effect Will Not Go Away
A Cure for the Common Code?
Artificial Intelligence as Philosophy and as Psychology
Are Dreams Experiences?
Toward a Cognitive Theory of Consciousness
Two Approaches to Mental Images
Why You Cant Make a Computer that Feels Pain
Mechanism and Responsibility

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Born in Boston in 1942, Daniel Clement Dennett explores the philosophical links between mind and brain. His first book, Content and Consciousness (1969) was one of the earliest to examine this issue. It is one that he expands on in his other books, including Consciousness Explained (1991), where he uses philosophical "materialism" to examine the link between mind and body. Dennett is a Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor, a Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University in Medford Mass. He is interested in the development of artificial intelligence, was the co-founder of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, and has aided in the design of computer exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston and the Computer Museum in Boston.

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