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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
Title:Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
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Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology, Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking, Freedom Evolves, Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Consciousness Explained
In the years since Daniel Dennett s influential i Consciousness Explained i was published in scientific research on consciousness has been a hotly contested battleground of rival theories so rambunctious Dennett observes that several people are writing books just about the tumult With i Sweet Dreams i Dennett returns to the subject for revision and renewal of his theory of consciousness taking into account major empirical advances in the field since as well as recent theoretical challenges br br In i Consciousness Explained i Dennett proposed to replace the ubiquitous but bankrupt Cartesian Theater model which posits a privileged place in the brain where it all comes together for the magic show of consciousness with the Multiple Drafts Model Drawing on psychology cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence he asserted that human consciousness is essentially the mental software that reorganizes the functional architecture of the brain In i Sweet Dreams i he recasts the Multiple Drafts Model as the fame in the brain model as a background against which to examine the philosophical issues that continue to bedevil the field br br With his usual clarity and brio Dennett enlivens his arguments with a variety of vivid examples He isolates the Zombic Hunch that distorts much of the theorizing of both philosophers and scientists and defends heterophenomenology his third person approach to the science of consciousness against persistent misinterpretations and objections The old challenge of Frank Jackson s thought experiment about Mary the color scientist is given a new rebuttal in the form of RoboMary while his discussion of a famous card trick The Tuned Deck is designed to show that David Chalmers s Hard Problem is probably just a figment of theorists misexploited imagination In the final essay the intrinsic nature of qualia is compared with the naively imagined intrinsic value of a dollar in Consciousness How Much is That in Real Money, No description available, No description available, Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked could I have chosen otherwise after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject Daniel Dennett whose previous books include Brainstorms and with Douglas Hofstadter The Mind s I tackles the free will problem in a highly original and witty manner drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers not just physics and evolutionary biology but engineering automata theory and artificial intelligence br br In Elbow Room Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the family of anxieties they get enmeshed in imaginary agents bogeymen and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom Putting sociobiology in its rightful place he concludes that we can have free will and science too Elbow Room begins by showing how we can be moved by reasons without being exempt from physical causation It goes on to analyze concepts of control and self control concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to the questions of free will and determinism A chapter on self made selves discusses the idea of self or agent to see how it can be kept from disappearing under the onslaught of science Dennett then sees what can be made of the notion of acting under the idea of freedomdoes the elbow room we think we have really exist What is an opportunity and how can anything in our futures be up to us He investigates the meaning of can and could have done otherwise and asks why we want free will in the first place We are wise Dennett notes to want free will but that in itself raises a host of questions about responsibility In a final chapter he takes up the problem of how anyone can ever be guilty and what the rationale is for holding people responsible and even on occasion punishing them br br Elbow Room is an expanded version of the John Locke Lectures which Dennett gave at Oxford University in