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The intentional stance
How are we able to understand and anticipate each other in everyday life, in our daily interactions? Through the use of such "folk" concepts as belief, desire, intention, and expectation, asserts
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
In this groundbreaking and very accessible book, Daniel C. Dennett, the acclaimed author of Consciousness Explained, demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's
Darwin's Dangerous Idea
WHEN I WAS A SCHOOLBOY, MY FRIEND and I used to amuse ourselves with fantasies about an imaginary chemical we called universal acid. I have no idea whether we invented it or inherited it, along with
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene
1. NECKER CUBES AND BUFFALOES 2. GENETIC DETERMINISM AND GENE SELECTIONISM 3. CONSTRAINTS ON PERFECTION 4. ARMS RACES AND MANIPULATION 5. THE ACTIVE GERM-LINE REPLICATOR 6. ORGANISMS, GROUPS AND
Quining Qualia
"Qualia" is an unfamiliar term for something that could not be more familiar to each of us: the ways things seem to us. As is so often the case with philosophical jargon, it is easier to give
Intentional systems in cognitive ethology: The “Panglossian paradigm” defended
Ethologists and others studying animal behavior in a “cognitive” spirit are in need of a descriptive language and method that are neither anachronistically bound by behaviorist scruples nor
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
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
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology
TLDR
This book questions the relationship between psychology and morality as well as exploring the concept of human intentionality, and argues that intentional attributes such as desires, goals, beliefs and knowledge are purely mechanistic.
The evolution of misbelief
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A range of potential candidates for evolved misbelief are explored, and it is concluded that, of those surveyed, only positive illusions meet the criteria.
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