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Consciousness Explained



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Author: Dennett, Daniel
ISBN: 9780140128673
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 1993
Pages: 528
Dimensions: 197mm x 131mm x 22mm
Format: Paperback / softback

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.