[NEW ARRIVALS] Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
AUTHOR : Daniel C. Dennett
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton & Company
GENRE: Politics & Social Sciences
“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 77 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 lightheartedness 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.”
“Intuition Pumps” offers intrepid thinkers opportunities to explore their pet ideas.
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