Consciousness Explained

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316439487
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Consciousness Explained from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. "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.

Freedom Evolves

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101572663
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Freedom Evolves from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers “yes!” Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original arguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

From Bacteria To Bach And Back The Evolution Of Minds

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393242080
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From Bacteria To Bach And Back The Evolution Of Minds from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind. How did we come to have minds? For centuries, this question has intrigued psychologists, physicists, poets, and philosophers, who have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled ability to create, imagine, and explain. Disciples of Darwin have long aspired to explain how consciousness, language, and culture could have appeared through natural selection, blazing promising trails that tend, however, to end in confusion and controversy. Even though our understanding of the inner workings of proteins, neurons, and DNA is deeper than ever before, the matter of how our minds came to be has largely remained a mystery. That is now changing, says Daniel C. Dennett. In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, his most comprehensive exploration of evolutionary thinking yet, he builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett’s legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought. In his inimitable style—laced with wit and arresting thought experiments—Dennett explains that a crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay. Competition among memes—a form of natural selection—produced thinking tools so well-designed that they gave us the power to design our own memes. The result, a mind that not only perceives and controls but can create and comprehend, was thus largely shaped by the process of cultural evolution. An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain anyone eager to make sense of how the mind works and how it came about.

Breaking The Spell

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141903139
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Breaking The Spell from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. Few forces in the world are as potent as religion: it comforts people in their suffering and inspires them to both magnificent and terrible deeds. In this provocative and timely book, Daniel C. Dennett seeks to uncover the origins of religion and discusses how and why different faiths have shaped so many lives, whether religion is an addiction or a genuine human need, and even whether it is good for our health. Arguing passionately for the need to understand this multifaceted phenomenon, Breaking the Spell offers a truly original – and comprehensive – explanation for faith.

Daniel Dennett

Author: Andrew Brook
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521008648
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Daniel Dennett from the Author: Andrew Brook. Contemporary Philosophy in Focus will offer a series of introductory volumes of newly commissioned essays to many of the dominant philosophical thinkers of the current age.Author of books such as Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel C. Dennett has reached a huge general and professional audience that extends beyond philosophy to the study of consciousness , the development of the child's mind, cognitive ethnology, explanation in the social sciences, artificial intelligence, and evolutionary theory. This volume is the only truly introductory collection that explores the implications of Dennett's work.

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools For Thinking

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393348784
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Intuition Pumps And Other Tools For Thinking from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. The philosophy professor behind Breaking the Spell and Consciousness Explained offers exercises and tools to stretch the mind, offering new ways to consider, discuss and argue positions on dangerous subject matter including evolution, the meaning of life and free will.

Darwin S Dangerous Idea

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439126291
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Darwin S Dangerous Idea from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

Kinds Of Minds

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780227647
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Kinds Of Minds from the Author: Daniel C. Dennett. Daniel Dennett examines the different elements that make up what we call 'minds' What kinds of minds are there, and how do we know? The first question is about what exists and the second is about our knowledge. The aim of Kinds of Minds is to answer these questions, in general outline, and to show why these two questions have to be answered together. What exists is one thing. What we can know about is something else. But we know enough about minds, Dennett argues, to know that one of the things that makes them different from everything else in the universe is the way we know about them.

Daniel Dennett

Author: David Thompson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847060072
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Daniel Dennett from the Author: David Thompson. This book offers an introduction to and overview of Dennett's ideas, his writings and his contributions to the various fields of philosophy.

Elbow Room

Author: Daniel Clement Dennett
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262540421
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Elbow Room from the Author: Daniel Clement Dennett. Essays discuss reason, self-control, self-definition, time, cause and effect, accidents, and responsibility, and explain why people want free will