Consciousness Explained

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 24, 1993 - Philosophy - 528 pages
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This book revises the traditional view of consciousness by claiming that Cartesianism and Descartes' dualism of mind and body should be replaced with theories from the realms of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. What people think of as the stream of consciousness is not a single, unified sequence, the author argues, but "multiple drafts" of reality composed by a computer-like "virtual machine". Dennett considers how consciousness could have evolved in human beings and confronts the classic mysteries of consciousness: the nature of introspection, the self or ego and its relation to thoughts and sensations, and the level of consciousness of non-human creatures.

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Again, with Dennett, he's rare in that he might change your mind on more than one topic if you give him enough time. There aren't many like this one. A scientific book with philosophical aims. Really excellent. Read full review

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The ideas in the book are interesting enough and persuasive, but the execution is just awful. The theory is explained by detailing why other philosophers are wrong and why their thought experiments ... Read full review

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Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Brainchildren, Elbow Room, Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.

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