Raúl Arrabales Moreno

Cognitive Neuroscience – Artificial Intelligence – Machine Consciousness

Consciousness Explained

Consciousness Explained book cover Post edited by: Raúl, at: 2006/11/13 13:13

I’m about to finish reading the book Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett (1991). Although I have seen some critics against Dennett’s approach I think this book is a really valuable resource for those who aim to better understand the nature of consciousness. The multiple draft model presented in the book is quite interesting and it seems that latest advances in neuroscience prove the basics assumptions of the model. The Cartesian Theatre approach is confronted to the multiple draft model, and I think the distributed nature of consciousness is well supported.

As usual, the phenomenal dimension of consciousness is the controversial point. Dennett introduces the term “heterophenomenology” in this book. The heterophenomenological approach is the tool used by Dennett to explain the proposed model.

An interesting interview with the author of the book, Daniel Dennett, is available here.

Raúl Arrabales

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