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Daniel C Dennett

 Daniel C Dennett

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
Tue 28 May 2013, 18.15-19.15 (PAST EVENT)
St George's Bristol (see map)

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Thinking is hard – yet barely a waking moment passes when we’re not labouring away at it. A few of us may be natural geniuses, able to work through the toughest tangles in an instant; others, blessed with reserves of willpower, stay the course in the dogged pursuit of truth. Then there’s the rest of us. Not prodigies and a little bit lazy, but still aspiring to understand the world and our place in it. What can we do?

In Intuition Pumps Daniel C Dennett, one of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers, takes us on a profound, illuminating and highly entertaining philosophical journey. He reveals a collection of his favourite thinking tools, or ‘intuition pumps’, that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions. Along with new discussions of familiar moves – Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum – Dennett offers cognitive tools built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will. In his genial style, Dennett guides readers around the pitfalls in arguments, and reveals easier ways to better understand the world around us and our place in it. An enlightening and practical store of knowledge, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking will teach you to think truly independently and creatively.

Read an extract from the book in the Observer. Steven Rose, a recent speaker at the Festival of Ideas, reviewed the book for the Guardian.

Biography

Daniel C 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. Visit his website HERE.

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  1. Some good rules for life in general | Scientific News says:
    May 23rd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    [...] trial of Audible). There’s still some tickets left to catch Dennet speaking on Tuesday at Bristol Festival of Ideas. I’ll try and grab a copy of the audio and whack it up here if possible, like I did with the [...]

  2. Some good rules for life in general | Rewarding says:
    May 23rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    [...] trial of Audible). There’s still some tickets left to catch Dennet speaking on Tuesday at Bristol Festival of Ideas. I’ll try and grab a copy of the audio and whack it up here if possible, like I did with the [...]

  3. Joanna Bryson says:
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Can you buy tickets on the door? Or is this already sold out? I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it over from Bath in time or not.

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