Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Author(s): Daniel C. Dennett

Non-Fiction

"A philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit." --Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal 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 listeners 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 listeners 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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One of the world's most original and provocative thinkers Daily Telegraph Intelligence, insight and flair ... They don't come much bigger than Daniel Dennett -- Julian Baggini Guardian

Daniel Dennett is one of the most original and provocative thinkers in the world. A brilliant polemicist and philosopher, he is famous for challenging unexamined orthodoxies. His books include Brainstorms, Brainchildren, Elbow Room, Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Freedom Evolves. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.

General Fields

  • : 9780241954621
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : June 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour)
  • : 512
  • : Paperback
  • : Daniel C. Dennett