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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140128670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140128673
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book revises the traditional view of consciousness by claiming that Cartesianism and Descartes' dualism of mind and body should be replaced with theories from the realms of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. What people think of as the stream of consciousness is not a single, unified sequence, the author argues, but "multiple drafts" of reality composed by a computer-like "virtual machine". Dennett considers how consciousness could have evolved in human beings and confronts the classic mysteries of consciousness: the nature of introspection, the self or ego and its relation to thoughts and sensations, and the level of consciousness of non-human creatures.

About the Author

Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Brainchildren, Elbow Room, Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.


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