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5.0 out of 5 stars "Everything But Consciousness Explained"
"Everything But Consciousness Explained." Not my quote but it is totally true. All the book's explanations of the systems associated with consciousness and perception are marvellous. There is a lot to learn here and the mechanistic approach is admirable. However, this book doesn't deal with consciousness itself.

After discussing consciousness with various...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Consciousness dissected, described, but still not explained
This rather long and sometimes rambling book achieves at least two thirds of what I expected. Dennett completely demolishes the Cartesian Dualism model, showing through anecdote and experiment that ideas of a separate mind and body are completely out of touch with reality.
A large portion of the book is dedicated to dismantling ideas that are built on this model, I...
Published on 22 July 2008 by David Song


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars present, 2 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
Not a lot to say as this was bought as a present , for my Son , I can not say any more
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cat's pajamas, 11 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
Like the title says, Dennett offers a plausible, scientifically informed and cogent explanation of the phenomenon of consciousness. A great book, either to read or to hurl at qualia freaks and soul merchants.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Consciousness 'explained', 9 Oct 2007
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This review is from: Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
The book possesses no more explanatory power than its ability to obfuscate the issue. Dennett concludes that 'it seems as if [consciousness] is there', but then concludes that it's some kind of cognitive faculty, something like the 'faculty of a faculty', or to put it bluntly, the 'means of a means'.

As Strawson notes, the religious are eminently more justified in their beliefs than the 'Dennettians'--at least a religious fanatic is prepared to admit the existence of consciousness [which if we get right down to it, is just about the only fact we can infer about the world].

Anyone who denies the existence of consciousness needs their head thoroughly examined, preferably from a distance.
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad for a classic, 6 Jan 2001
This review is from: Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
Being a classic, Dennett's book has attracted immense critisism, especially in the sense of "consciousness explained away". But some of his points are still very essential, e.g. his case against a Central Meaner, and the related problem of reference between mind and language, i.e. introspective reports.
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4 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 17 Nov 2012
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Daniel Dennett does not know what consciousness is and the only people who are giving this book five stars are members of the New Atheist cult. This is a dull ramble from one of the most boring men in the world and you won't learn anything from it.
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27 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are a psychologist don't touch this book., 15 Oct 2000
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If you really interested in this field, then totally reject philosophy of mind. There are no explanations yet, and if you believe that the brain generates consciouness, you are better off looking at properly interpretted neuropsychological experiments. Too long and not really that useful.
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