Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

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By (author) Daniel C. Dennett

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 41mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393082067
  • ISBN 13: 9780393082067
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 127,248

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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."

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Cloaked in the breezy, familiar trappings of a self-help book, Intuition Pumps is in actuality a dark mirror of that genre a field of rabbit holes designed to leave the reader with more questions than answers, and wiser for the long and indirect journey. --Jason Gots, author of BigThink"