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Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, male-author

The model of consciousness Dennet describes is convincing, but nearly 20 years after its initial publication, many of its main points have entered our broader discourse. The work he puts into utterly demolishing the idea of the Cartesian theater seems excessive for an audience now attuned to be receptive to his ideas. Were he to update the book for today, he might replace the lengthy expositions of why the Cartesian theater is absurd with some tests at the end of each chapter to see if you've successfully thrown off the shackles of your old mental model... On the other hand, the book contains many fascinating insights. I was particularly struck by his discussion of color perception, and it would definitely be useful to have an updated version where he more fully explores the construction of narrative tools and how it contributes to the construction of the narrative "self" and other mental software.

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