He 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” in which they are often enmeshed—imaginary agents and bogeymen, including the Peremptory Puppeteer, the Nefarious Neurosurgeon, and the Cosmic Child Whose Dolls We Are.
This edition includes as its afterword Dennett's 2012 Erasmus Prize essay. His aim, “saving everything that mattered about the everyday concept of free will, as he writes in the preface to this new edition, was a cleanup job, 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.
Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting A Bradford Book #ad - Dennett tackles the question of free will in a highly original and witty manner, drawing on the theories and concepts of fields that range from physics and evolutionary biology to engineering, automata theory, and artificial intelligence. He explores reason, the meaning of “can” and “could have done otherwise, ” responsibility and punishment, control and self-control, and why we would want free will in the first place.
Freedom EvolvesPenguin Books #ad - 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, dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.
Freedom Evolves #ad - Weaving a richly detailed narrative, and meaning, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, cognitive neuroscience, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly originalarguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, morality, economics, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally.
Free WillFree Press #ad - And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, intimate relationships, politics, public policy, religion, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions.
In this enlightening book, sam harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
Consciousness ExplainedLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Brilliant. As audacious as its title. Mr. In this landmark book, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, 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.
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.
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of MindsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - 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. 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.
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds #ad - A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work. Naturehow did we come to have minds? For centuries, psychologists, poets, philosophers, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities.
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural PhenomenonPenguin Books #ad - Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. 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. 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.
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon #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.
Four Views on Free Will Great Debates in Philosophy Book 12Wiley-Blackwell #ad - Four Views on Free Will Great Debates in Philosophy Book 12 #ad - Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, and determinism, moral responsibility, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate. Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, in a lively and engaging conversation Offers the reader a one of a kind, and revisionism The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, hard incompatibilism, interactive discussion Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of LifeSimon & Schuster #ad - Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life #ad - 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.
In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C.
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for ThinkingW. W. Norton & Company #ad - 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. 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. Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind.
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.
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking #ad - Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, computer science, biology, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding.
Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the BrainEcco #ad - His well-reasoned case against the idea that we live in a “determined” world is fascinating and liberating, solidifying his place among the likes of Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio, V. S. Gazzaniga has been called the “father of cognitive neuroscience. In his remarkable book, who’s in charge?, he makes a powerful and provocative argument that counters the common wisdom that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes we cannot control.
Ramachandran, and other bestselling science authors exploring the mysteries of the human brain. Big questions are Gazzaniga’s stock in trade. New york times“gazzaniga is one of the most brilliant experimental neuroscientists in the world. Tom wolfe“gazzaniga stands as a giant among neuroscientists, for both the quality of his research and his ability to communicate it to a general public with infectious enthusiasm.
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The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human ValuesFree Press #ad - Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing cost to humanity. Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life.
Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars, " Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation. In the aftermath, harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values.
And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. It is also the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel obligated to "respect" the hardened superstitions of their more devout neighbors.
In this explosive new book, sam harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious faith.
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values #ad - Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape. Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible.