Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett

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It is not an easy read: expect to pore over some passages more than once. But given the intellectual gratification Mr Dennett’s clear, witty and mercifully jargon-free prose affords, that is a feature, not a bug.
-The Economist

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“The best new book I’ve read.”—Richard Dawkins, New York Times Book Review


Over a storied career, 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.

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking 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.


Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. 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."


A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.

 

About Daniel C. Dennett

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Daniel C. Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and the author of numerous books including Breaking the Spell, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.
 
Published May 6, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 515 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Julian Baggini on May 22 2013

Dennett is...unashamedly expansive in a way that goes against the academic grain, trying to paint the bigger picture of the biggest issues of the day.

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Reviewed by Steven Rose on May 15 2013

If you've never read Dennett, Intuition Pumps is the one to go for – a distillation of all that he has written before.

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The Economist

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on Jun 15 2013

It is not an easy read: expect to pore over some passages more than once. But given the intellectual gratification Mr Dennett’s clear, witty and mercifully jargon-free prose affords, that is a feature, not a bug.

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