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Sweet dreams : philosophical obstacles to a science of consciousness

Author: D C Dennett
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, 2006. ©2005
Series: Jean Nicod lectures, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First MIT Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In the years since Daniel Dennett's influential Consciousness Explained was published in 1991, 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 Sweet Dreams, Dennett returns to the subject for "revision and renewal" of his theory of consciousness, taking into account  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D C Dennett
ISBN: 0262541912 9780262541916 9780262042253 0262042258
OCLC Number: 123909979
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xiii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: The zombic hunch: extinction of an intuition?. The naturalistic turn --
The reactionaries --
An embarrassment of zombies --
Broad functionalism and minimalism --
The future of an illusion --
A third-person approach to consciousness. Scientists from Mars --
Folk theories and philosophy --
Heterophenomenology revisited --
David Chalmers as heterophenomenological subject --
The second-person point of view --
Explaining the "Magic" of consciousness. The thankless task of explaining magic --
Dismantling the audience --
The tuned deck --
Are qualia what make life worth living?. The quale, an elusive quarry --
Change blindness and a question about qualia --
Sweet dreams and the nightmare of Mr. Clapgras --
What RoboMary knows. Mary and the blue banana --
"Surely" she'll be surprised --
You had to be there! --
RoboMary --
Locked RoboMary --
Are we explaining consciousness yet?. Clawing our way toward consensus --
Competition for clout --
Is there also a hard problem? --
But what about "Qualia"? --
A fantasy echo theory of consciousness. Fleet fame --
Instant replay --
Consciousness: how much is that in real money?
Series Title: Jean Nicod lectures, 2005.
Other Titles: Philosophical obstacles to a science of consciousness
Responsibility: Daniel C. Dennett.
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The author of Consciousness Explained revises and renews his Multiple Drafts Model of consciousness in the light of recent research.  Read more...

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