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Kinds of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett
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Feb 08, 2012

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Recommended to Riku by: Richard Dawkins
Read from February 06 to 08, 2012

Raises very potent questions but answers almost none. Dennett is content with showing 3-4 potential ways of looking at any question and then telling us that to go beyond is a challenge even for modern science.

The arguments are smooth and the book gives a good evolutionary understanding of the way we frame thoughts and ascribe consciousness. The model of mind that Dennett has created is a bit dated for me, but I enjoyed the long range perspective he brought into it. the section on dogs was probably the best part for me.

PS. References to Susan Sontag is becoming overwhelming in books I read and I guess I will end up ordering one of her books soon.

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Reading Progress

02/06/2012 page 28
15.0% "belabored start trying to get the reader interested in how complex minds are and how difficult it is to understand what consciousness is... wish Dennett would get onto the crux soon.."
02/07/2012 page 100
52.0% "still haven't gotten to the the real deal - human consciousness and the 'kinds of minds'"

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