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Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology

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This collection of 17 essays by the author offers a comprehensive theoryof mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. Usingcareful arguments and ingenious thought-experiments, the author exposes familiarpreconceptions and hobbling institutions. The essays are grouped into four sections: Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality; The N ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published July 13th 1981 by Mit Press (first published 1978)
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Dachi
May 16, 2013 Dachi rated it really liked it
Sometimes our mind sees what is hidden for eyes,but it's not always sensitive.We must learn to avoid imagination for eyes and create reality for mind!
Tim Williams
Jul 20, 2014 Tim Williams rated it liked it
Not an enjoyable read at all. It suffers from serious academia-oriented writing with a dash of its time period to make it even more stale. Don't get me wrong, there are some important ideas in here, but it is so not reader friendly. Combine that with how old the material is now and I couldn't recommend it as a read unless one were doing specific research on the topic and just had to include it for the sake of completeness.
Schizophelia
Nov 23, 2014 Schizophelia rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with Dennett's essays and wrapped in Edward Gorey.

This really happened.
David
Jun 17, 2015 David rated it liked it
This book has some worthy insights, and is good for understanding the popular psych view from the era it was written in, and has some nice insights on the author's psychological worldview on the nature of dreams, although I wouldn't recommend it to anybody generally--maybe for some specific academic purposes. Still, it is a better love-story than Twilight.
Jonathan Norton
May 09, 2012 Jonathan Norton rated it liked it
Collection of papers from the 60s/70s, shows some progression from "Content & Consciousness" and deals with new theories from Fodor and others. Also reviews then-fading influence of Skinner and Ryle.
Dave Peticolas
Oct 08, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it really liked it

Daniel Dennet's second book is a collection of essays on consciousness, free will, the possibility of artificial intelligence and other subjects. Good as always.

Jim S.
As with most essay collections, this is a mixed bag. I found the most interesting to be chapters 1, 4, 5 and most of part IV.
Martin
Nov 08, 2011 Martin added it
I can't remember much of it but have since come across so many references to Dennett that I have to re-read it.
DJ
Jan 22, 2010 DJ added it
Shelves: brain
supplanted by Consciousness Explained and other more recent work
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Shelves:
interesting....
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Daniel Clement Dennett III is a prominent philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, science, and biology, particularly as they relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist, avid sailor, and advocate of the Brights move ...more
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