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When Brainstorms was published in , the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science was just emerging. Daniel Dennett was a young scholar who wanted to get philosophers out of their armchairs -- and into conversations with psychologists, linguists, computer scientists. This collection of seventeen essays by Dennett offers a comprehensive theory of mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. Using careful arguments and ingenious thought experiments, the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling intuitions. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Dennett, "Reflections on Brainstorms after Forty Years," in which he recalls the book's original publication by Harry and Betty Stanton of Bradford Books and considers the influence and afterlife of some of the essays. For example, "Mechanism and Responsibility" was Dennett's first articulation of his concept of the intentional stance; "Are Dreams Experiences?

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When Brainstorms was published in , the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science was just emerging. Daniel Dennett was a young scholar who wanted to get philosophers out of their armchairs -- and into conversations with psychologists, linguists, computer scientists.

This collection of seventeen essays by Dennett offers a comprehensive theory of mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will.

Using careful arguments and ingenious thought experiments, the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling intuitions. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Dennett, "Reflections on Brainstorms after Forty Years," in which he recalls the book's original publication by Harry and Betty Stanton of Bradford Books and considers the influence and afterlife of some of the essays.

For example, "Mechanism and Responsibility" was Dennett's first articulation of his concept of the intentional stance; "Are Dreams Experiences? Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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In this Book. Additional Information. Table of Contents. Cover Download Save contents. Title Page, Praise, Copyright, Dedication pp. Contents pp. Reflections on Brainstorms after Forty Years pp. Preface pp. Introduction pp. Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality. Intentional Systems pp. Reply to Arbib and Gunderson pp. Brain Writing and Mind Reading pp.

The Nature of Theory in Psychology. Skinner Skinned pp. A Cure for the Common Code? Artificial Intelligence as Philosophy and as Psychology pp. Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience. Are Dreams Experiences? Toward a Cognitive Theory of Consciousness pp. Two Approaches to Mental Images pp. Free Will and Personhood.

Mechanism and Responsibility pp. The Abilities of Men and Machines pp. Conditions of Personhood pp. How to Change Your Mind pp. Where Am I? Acknowledgments pp. Notes pp. Index pp. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Greedy reductionism

Greedy reductionism , identified by Daniel Dennett , in his book Darwin's Dangerous Idea , is a kind of erroneous reductionism. Whereas "good" reductionism means explaining a thing in terms of what it reduces to for example, its parts and their interactions , greedy reductionism occurs when "in their eagerness for a bargain, in their zeal to explain too much too fast, scientists and philosophers A canonical example of greedy reductionism, labelled as such by Dennett himself, [2] is the radical behaviorism of B. It is often said of this school of thought which dominated the field of psychology, at least in the Anglo-American world, for part of the twentieth century that it denied the existence of mental states such as beliefs, although at least in Skinner's original version it merely denied the theoretical utility or necessity of postulating such states in order to explain behavior. Notably, Skinner himself characterized his views as anti-reductionist: in Beyond Freedom and Dignity and other works e. About Behaviorism and chapter 19 of Verbal Behavior , [3] he wrote that while mental and neurological states did exist, behavior could be explained without recourse to either. As Dennett says, "Skinner proclaimed that one simple iteration of the fundamental Darwinian process— operant conditioning —could account for all mentality, all learning, not just in pigeons but in human beings.

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Partly because of this unobservability, Skinner held that to use these notions in explanations of behaviour is un-scientific, that we are basically explaining actions by referring to a homunculus, a sort of inner prime mover, i. Skinner proposed a behavioural psychology in which one would only study the environmental inputs to the human, and the behavioural outputs they cause. The environment would reinforce us, he said, to continue to act in such ways that we are rewarded for our actions; thus increasing the probability that we will act in such ways again. He called this operant conditioning, and exclaimed that almost all of human behaviour can be reduced to such simple mechanisms of reinforcement — the exceptions being reflexes and instincts. If almost every human action can be reduced in such a way, then according to Skinner, there is no room for intentionality in a psychology of human behaviour; if we can explain human actions in terms of causes, then we need not invoke reasons in our explanations. We were attributing too much to the wasp, Dennett says.

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