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The Minds I Fantasies And Reflections On Self & Soul Daniel C. Dennett

The Minds I Fantasies And Reflections On Self & Soul

Daniel C. Dennett

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Ever wondered who you really are? This collection enlivens this central question in the philosophy of mind. The questions posed in this book are at the heart of all philosophical reasoning. Theyre the ultimate questions about the self. The Minds IMoreEver wondered who you really are? This collection enlivens this central question in the philosophy of mind. The questions posed in this book are at the heart of all philosophical reasoning. Theyre the ultimate questions about the self. The Minds I contains a variety of approaches to answering the question, Who am I? Editors Hofstadter & Dennett--leading lights in the study of cognitive science, artificial intelligence & the philosophy of mind--follow each selection with short reflections designed to elaborate on main themes. The Minds I broadens their fields to a general audience. The books essays are grouped into six categories, each successively raising the philosophical stakes by introducing new levels of complexity. Ultimately, one confronts some of the thorniest questions in modern philosophy, such as the nature of free will, our place in the metaphysical world & the possibility of artificial intelligence. The book closes with a perplexing piece by Robert Nozick, an adequate summation to The Minds I. He writes, Perhaps God has not decided yet whether he has created, in this world, a fictional world or a real one...Which decision do you hope for?--Eric de Place (edited)PrefaceIntroductionBorges & I/ Jorge Luis BorgesOn having no head/ D.E. HardingRediscovering the mind/ Harold J. MorowitzComputing machinery & intelligence/ A.M. TuringThe Turing test: a coffeehouse conversation/ Douglas R. HofstadterThe Princess Ineffabelle/ Stanislaw LemThe soul of Martha, a beast/ Terrel MiedanerThe soul of the Mark III Beast/ Terrel MiedanerSpirit/ Allen WhellisSelfish genes & selfish memes/ Richard DawkinsPrelude...ant fugue/ Douglas HofstadterThe story of a brain/ Arnold ZuboffWhere am I? / Daniel C. DennettWhere was I?/ David Hawley SanfordBeyond rejection/ Justin LeiberSoftware/ Rudy RuckerThe riddle of the Universe & its solution/ Christopher CherniakThe 7th Sally or How Trurls own perfection led to no good/ Stanislaw LemNon serviam/ Statislaw LemIs God a Taoist?/ Raymond M. SmullyanThe circular ruins/ Jorge Luis BorgesMinds, brains & programs/ John R. SearleAn unfortunate dualist/ Raymond M. SmullyanWhat is it like to be a bat?/ Thomas NagelAn espistemological nightmare/ Raymond M. SmullyanA conversation with Einsteins brain/ Douglas R. HofstadterFiction/ Robert NozickFurther ReadingAcknowledgmentsIndex