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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
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No description available, Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked could I have chosen otherwise after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject Daniel Dennett whose previous books include Brainstorms and with Douglas Hofstadter The Mind s I tackles the free will problem in a highly original and witty manner drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers not just physics and evolutionary biology but engineering automata theory and artificial intelligence br br In Elbow Room Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the family of anxieties they get enmeshed in imaginary agents bogeymen and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom Putting sociobiology in its rightful place he concludes that we can have free will and science too Elbow Room begins by showing how we can be moved by reasons without being exempt from physical causation It goes on to analyze concepts of control and self control concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to the questions of free will and determinism A chapter on self made selves discusses the idea of self or agent to see how it can be kept from disappearing under the onslaught of science Dennett then sees what can be made of the notion of acting under the idea of freedomdoes the elbow room we think we have really exist What is an opportunity and how can anything in our futures be up to us He investigates the meaning of can and could have done otherwise and asks why we want free will in the first place We are wise Dennett notes to want free will but that in itself raises a host of questions about responsibility In a final chapter he takes up the problem of how anyone can ever be guilty and what the rationale is for holding people responsible and even on occasion punishing them br br Elbow Room is an expanded version of the John Locke Lectures which Dennett gave at Oxford University in, This collection of essays by the author offers a comprehensive theory of mind encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will Using careful arguments and ingenious thought experiments the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling institutions The essays are grouped into four sections Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality The Nature of Theory in Psychology Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience and Free Will and Personhood, Combining ideas from philosophy artificial intelligence and neurobiology Daniel Dennett leads the reader on a fascinating journey of inquiry exploring such intriguing possibilities as Can any of us really know what is going on in someone else s mind What distinguishes the human mind from the minds of animals especially those capable of complex behavior If such animals for instance were magically given the power of language would their communities evolve an intelligence as subtly discriminating as ours Will robots once they have been endowed with sensory systems like those that provide us with experience ever exhibit the particular traits long thought to distinguish the human mind including the ability to think about thinking Dennett addresses these questions from an evolutionary perspective Beginning with the macromolecules of DNA and RNA the author shows how step by step animal life moved from the simple ability to respond to frequently recurring environmental conditions to much more powerful ways of beating the odds ways of using patterns of past experience to predict the future in never before encountered situations Whether talking about robots whose video camera eyes give us the powerful illusion that there is somebody in there or asking us to consider whether spiders are just tiny robots mindlessly spinning their webs of elegant design Dennett is a master at finding and posing questions sure to stimulate and even disturb