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Daniel C. Dennett

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I was introduced to Dennett by a co-worker a few years back and started Consciousness Explained, but never finished it. In the opening, he presents a very good refutation of Descartes "Evil Demon" (also known as the Brain in the Vat), but that is as far as I've gotten.

What do the members of this forum think about him and his works?

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I've read the first few pages of Consciousness Explained, which I really liked. I've also watched the majority of his videos on YouTube. I really like the way he looks at religion and I want to read "Breaking the Spell".

Dawkins is another one I've been wanting to read, but hes definitely closer to the bottom of the list.

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I don't want to judge him scientifically; I'm certainly not qualified. However, philosophically, he is a mixed bag. First thing that comes to my mind was an explicit attack on Rand.

Really? What attack was this?

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Really? What attack was this?

He wrote this:

Rand: An angry tirade occasioned by mistaking philosophical disagreement for a personal attack and/or evidence of unspeakable moral corruption. "When I questioned his second premise, he flew into a rand." Also, to attack or stigmatise through a rand. "When I defended socialised medicine, I was randed as a communist."

-http://www.philosophicallexicon.com/#R

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