Consciousness Explained

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - 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. Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book.

Brilliant. As audacious as its title. Mr. In this landmark book, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, psychology, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, and artificial intelligence.

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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don’t just perceive and react, they create and comprehend.

An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works. Disciples of darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds #ad - A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work. Naturehow did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct.

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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life

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Simon & Schuster #ad - 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. In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, " focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe.

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Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - 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. Alongside well-known favorites like occam’s razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser.

His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions. A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking #ad - Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, and physics, computer science, biology, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind.

And a lot of fun. Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking 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, mind, meaning, and free will.

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The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory Philosophy of Mind

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Oxford University Press #ad - He proposes instead that conscious experience must be understood in an entirely new light--as an irreducible entity similar to such physical properties as time, mass, and space that exists at a fundamental level and cannot be understood as the sum of its parts. Throughout the book, Chalmers provides fascinating thought experiments that trenchantly illustrate his ideas.

. Chalmers offers a cogent analysis of this heated debate as he unveils a major new theory of consciousness, one that rejects the prevailing reductionist trend of science, while offering provocative insights into the relationship between mind and brain. Writing in a rigorous, thought-provoking style, the author takes us on a far-reaching tour through the philosophical ramifications of consciousness.

For example, chalmers asks us to imagine a thinking brain in which neurons are slowly replaced by silicon chips that precisely duplicate their functions--as the neurons are replaced, in exploring the notion that consciousness could be experienced by machines as well as humans, will consciousness gradually fade away? The book also features thoughtful discussions of how the author's theories might be practically applied to subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence and the interpretation of quantum mechanics.

The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory Philosophy of Mind #ad - All of us have pondered the nature and meaning of consciousness. And after suggesting some intriguing possibilities about the structure and laws of conscious experience, he details how his unique reinterpretation of the mind could be the focus of a new science. Chalmers convincingly reveals how contemporary cognitive science and neurobiology have failed to explain how and why mental events emerge from physiological occurrences in the brain.

Dennett, and roger penrose, Gerald Edelman, all firing volleys in what has come to be called the consciousness wars.

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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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Penguin Books #ad - The new york times bestseller – a “crystal-clear, constantly engaging” jared Diamond exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactionsFor all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly.

Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, and psychology, history, Daniel C.

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I Am a Strange Loop

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Basic Books #ad - Can thought arise out of matter? can self, consciousness, "i" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, soul, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop"-a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains.

Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind. One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind asks, where does the self come from--and how our selves can exist in the minds of others. How can a mysterious abstraction be real-or is our "i" merely a convenient fiction? does an "I" exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Escher, Bach.

I Am a Strange Loop #ad - The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called "I. The "i" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.

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Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting A Bradford Book

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A Bradford Book #ad - His aim, was a cleanup job, as he writes in the preface to this new edition, “saving everything that mattered about the everyday concept of free will, while jettisoning the impediments. In elbow room, dennett argues that the varieties of free will worth wanting—those that underwrite moral and artistic responsibility—are not threatened by advances in science but distinguished, explained, and justified in detail.

Dennett tackles the question of free will in a highly original and witty manner, automata theory, drawing on the theories and concepts of fields that range from physics and evolutionary biology to engineering, and artificial intelligence. He explores reason, ” responsibility and punishment, control and self-control, the meaning of “can” and “could have done otherwise, and why we would want free will in the first place.

Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting A Bradford Book #ad - A landmark book in the debate over free will that makes the case for compatibilism. In this landmark 1984 work on free will, Daniel Dennett makes a case for compatibilism. Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, he concludes that we can have free will and science too. He shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, the Nefarious Neurosurgeon, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the “family of anxieties” in which they are often enmeshed—imaginary agents and bogeymen, including the Peremptory Puppeteer, and the Cosmic Child Whose Dolls We Are.

This edition includes as its afterword Dennett's 2012 Erasmus Prize essay. A fresh reading of dennett's book shows how much it can still contribute to current discussions of free will.

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Freedom Evolves

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Penguin Books #ad - Weaving a richly detailed narrative, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, and meaning, cognitive  neuroscience, morality, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly originalarguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, economics, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally.

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. In freedom evolves, naturalistic, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

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How the Mind Works

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear. New york review of booksin this pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? how do we see in three dimensions? what makes us happy, and other fields to explain what the mind is, religion, disgusted, laugh, and consciousness? How the Mind Works synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, angry, and how it allows us to see, how it evolved, evolutionary biology, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, afraid, interact, think, enjoy the arts, feel, and contemplate the mysteries of life.

This edition of pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

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Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Consciousness, 'the last great mystery for science', remains a hot topic. Covering areas such as the construction of self in the brain, and thephysiology of altered states of consciousness, mechanisms of attention, the neural correlates of consciousness, Susan Blackmore highlights our latest findings. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories, whilst also outlining the amazing pace of discoveries in neuroscience.

Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? what creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion?Exciting new developments in brain science are continuing the debates on these issues, psychologists, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

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