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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (Oct. 20 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316180665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316180665
  • ASIN: 0316180661
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oliver TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 22 2006
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"Consciousness Explained" is the best place to start if you want to begin the venture into this perplexing area. Dennett's books is well organized, well thought out, and does a wonderful job of explaining difficult concepts in a way that is interesting and relatively easy to understand.

Another reviewer titles his review "Consciousness Denied." That is a fair comment. Many people think that Dennett explains away consciousness, rather than explaining it. In fact, I agree with that critism myself -- I think. I tend to agree with John Searle (again -- think). The one star rating, however, is grossly unfair. Consciousness is a very hard problem, to put it mildly, and Dennett's reasoning and opinions are crucial for two reasons. First, they are very well thought out, and well expressed. Moreover, Dennett is one of the key writers in the area, and if you read anything else about consciousness, you will find references and responses to Dennett.

Other authors worth reading in this area include John Searle (no friend of Dennett), Susan Blackmore, Steven Pinker, David Chalmers, V. S. Ramachandran and Antonio Damasio.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Boyer on March 19 2004
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If one chooses, as Dennett explains early on, to think about consciousness as if it were not inexplicable, not indecipherable, then one would look for answers with what's available.
Writing software programs as I do, I understand how difficult it is to get a computer to "think", let alone to actually think.
People just don't yet understand how revolutionary and ingenious evolutionary software is, nor does the everyday person comprehend the radical impact it will have over time. Dennett is dead on. Get involved with computers, read about genetic algorithms and see the types of problems that genetic programming can solve.
When you get what its impact is maybe you'll begin to realize that if you tire of "mystery" and want to understand he's laid the path with real information. A real solution to the question of consciousness.
All of the pages he wrote were to lay the necessary foundation to help the layman (or the ignorant intellectual) understand the necessary methods of thinking to see the solution. As he wrote in Darwin's Dangerous Idea people don't yet see just how important the evolutionary algoritm is so vital. It happens everywhere we have replication, mutation, and selection. When one wishes to achieve computer behavior that appears intelligent AND you quit trying to program in every possibility, THEN you have to allow the program to present varied solutions and use some testing algorithm to evalutate the solutions for fitness.
His whole book seems to be oriented around the brain's massively parallel structure being set up to do just that at all levels. From interpreting input data to choosing output actions.
At all levels the mind uses evolutionary algorithms to present solutions and select them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "the_bunnyman" on Oct. 2 1999
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I'm afraid this book doesn't explain consciousness. It doesn't explain how inanimate matter can understand anything. It doesn't explain how Dennet understands anything.
I was more than disappointed. Buy it by all means, but only to laugh at it with your friends. Deary me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 12 1999
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The one-line summary above says it all. Would that Dennett had been so terse; his failure to address the subject he claims to address would have been obvious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 30 1998
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Talk about philosophical failure! Dennett says he is going to explain consciousness, and winds up denying there is any such thing. This would have fit handily into one sentence (it just did). I understand his motivation for doing this -- he wants to believe that computers are some day going to be just as conscious as animals, but it is really silly. Consciousness is a fact of life. When you're bonked on the head, you lose it for a while. More important, if you want to explain social reality and the group actions of human beings, consciousness and intentionality are your basic building blocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 23 1998
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If Dennett explains consciousness then it must be cleverly concealed. Perhaps, it is a cryptogram to be solved by the reader. Dennett has no answers, just a lot of stimulus-response stuff. This approach has already reached a dead end. Perhaps Dennett doesn't know.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georg on March 13 2001
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The book's title is promising. This promise is nowhere fulfilled. Dennett does not explain consciousness, he does not even try to. He decides by fiat, which phenomena are to be called conscious "scientifically". He then attempts to explain them.
His "explanation" amounts to DEFINING consciousness as what can be explained in non-conscious terms. Needless to say, the essence of consciousness, which is the personal experience, is not touched upon. Its mere mention brings accusations of Cartesianism or unscientific attitude. His multiple drafts idea is an atempt to use the unconscious and its mystery in order to hide the shortcomings of the undefendable idea that mind is a programme.
The main reason I am reviewing this book is that I was tricked from the hype into reading it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on Dec 6 1998
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Daniel Dennett's idea of a spiffy, up-to-date methodology is -- get this -- Skinnerian behaviorism! The man who put rats in boxes and insisted that "inner states" were not valid scientific subjects of study.
Dennett "explains" consciousness by denying that it exists. How stupid can you get? This is not just my opinion: it is conclusively demonstrated in John Searle's book, "The Mystery of Consciousness" which has a chapter on this book featuring a revealing exchange between Searle and Dennett. Searle charges Dennett with denying the phenomenon which he is trying to explain, and Dennett (apparently in confusion) admits the charge!!
Most of this claptrap has been rendered completely obsolete, in any case, by Terrence Deacon's great book, "The Symbolic Species." Chomsky and Minsky and Hofstadter and a whole passel of pretentious AI gurus go to the wall, and rightfully so.
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