Brainchildren - Essays on Designing Minds
Dennett (Daniel)
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  1. Thinking about thinking can be a baffling business. Fraught with confusion over terminology, purpose and ideology, investigations into the nature of the mind - how it works, why it works, its very existence - can seem convoluted to the point of fruitlessness.
  2. In Brainchildren, eminent philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett has provided an eloquent and often witty guide through some of the mental and moral mazes that surround these areas of thought.
  3. Philosophy of mind has been profoundly affected by this century's scientific advances - artificial intelligence1 and life, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, evolutionary theory and ethology - all these areas and more have enriched our understanding of the ideas of self and consciousness.
  4. There are those who have declared the role of philosophy in such matters to be finished; there are those who claim that science has missed the point completely. Daniel Dennett's essays, however, bow to neither dogmatic scientism nor anxious mysticism about the mind, but rather are driven by the sort of clear-eyed, lucid reasoning he is known for.
  5. Whether dealing with the unimagined preposterousness of zombies, investigating the nature of multiple personality disorder2, or offering practical advice on the building of a conscious robot, this is a consistently illuminating book.

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