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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
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Aug 03, 2007

really liked it

In a stroke of genius, I assigned the title essay of this as a reading on identity theory for my philosophy of mind class this summer. They loved it, and it gave me a really concrete example of multiple realizability to keep coming back to later in the course.

Here's how Wallace's cab drive puts identity theory: "Lobsters don't feel pain because they don't have the same part of the brain that allows humans to feel pain."

Overall, I feel like this volume isn't as good as his first volume of essays, but I wonder whether that's true. The format of the essays are less diverse: almost all of the ones in this volume are travelogue-type pieces (which is my favorite type of Wallace piece, to be honest, but which means there aren't essays like the TV essay from the first volume).
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