Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Book - 2013
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Over a storied career, philosopher Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. This book offers seventy-seven of Dennett's most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life's most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett's tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393082067
Branch Call Number: 121.6 DEN NVD
Characteristics: xiv, 496 p. ; 25 cm

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brotagonist
Nov 10, 2017

While somewhat rambling, the book holds interest through its witty and novel approaches to looking at philosophical problems. Unfortunately, the nicknames he gives his techniques make them difficult to understand and remember. Still, there is much here to ponder on, even without working through the minutiae of his reasoning.

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Mar 24, 2015

A bit snarky at times.

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