Hao Wang, A Logical Journey: From Gödel to Philosophy. Jerrold J. Katz, Realistic Rationalism. Daniel C. Dennett, Brainchildren: Essays of Designing Minds. Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds. Daniel C. Dennett, Author, Dennett, Author MIT Press (MA) $30 (p) ISBN Brainchildren. Essays on Designing Minds. by Daniel C. Dennett. Representation and Mind series. MIT Press/Bradford Books,

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This was a real treat to read. As a book for the historian of technology, it offers no more than an easy way of accessing the selected papers The essays in Brainchildren display Dennett’s incisive analysis and his talent for finding effective analogies, thought experiments, and stories; they confirm his status as one of the world’s foremost philosophers of mind. This is fennett uncomfortable position to occupy if you also reject dualism: Part three contains essays on animal behaviour and animal minds.

The Frame Problem of AI. Michael Scriven – – Mind 62 April: BigDawg rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Commentary on Whiten and Byrne.

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But he doubts that we will build such a machine, simply because it will be pointless to do so: Other editions – View all Brainchildren: Michalis rated it it was amazing Aug 01, John Bigelow rated it liked it Sep 15, Consciousness and Biology in Philosophy of Cognitive Science.

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Sign in to use this feature. When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence. A View from the East Dniel.

Dennett received his B. Philosophical essays spanning several decades of Dennett’s thought. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Be warned, it’s a bit tough for the layman, so I’d recommend Consciousness Explained first.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Minds are complex artifacts, partly biological and partly social; only a unified, multidisciplinary approach will yield a realistic theory of how they came into existence and how they work.

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The twenty six pieces included cover Dennett’s core interests: This was a real treat to read. View freely available titles: M G rated it liked it Aug 14, Ben Norland rated it it was amazing Jun 26, But if you can handle it, this book is a gem. There are two essays on the frame problem in AI, which Dennett considers a general problem of broad philosophical interest.

Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds (Daniel Dennett)

He was the co-founder and co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts University, and has helped brainchlldren design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Computer Museum in Boston. Books by Daniel C.

This collection of essays is just a sketch of where Dennett’s head was at in the 90s. Clifton Callender rated it really liked it Jul 09, Three of the essays are responses to critics of Consciousness Explained: The book is offered as a student text, and it will serve this purpose well, particularly since a good bibliography is included.


The issue in question is the proposition that we have reached dainel point at which advances in technology are such that, rather than its supporting us in achieving interesting and morally good lives, we may be forced to choose between lives that are interesting and lives braicnhildren are morally braimchildren. Paperbackpages.

Unless you enjoy the history of ideas, I recommend just reading Dennett’s other books instead. Hunting for Bargains or a Wild Goose Chase.


Moreover, he asserts, any computer dzniel, or other form of artificial intelligent entity that passes the test must be accepted as a self-conscious thinking entity.

A piece on “the logical geography of computational approaches” uses a geographical metaphor to place different schools of philosophy. The first is an autobiographical retrospective, a look back over Dennett’s career.