Explaining the "Magic" of Consciousness

  title={Explaining the "Magic" of Consciousness},
  author={Daniel C. Dennett},
  journal={Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology},
  • D. Dennett
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology
Is the view supported that consciousness is a mysterious phenomenon and cannot succumb, even with much effort, to the standard methods of cognitive science? The lecture, using the analogy of the magician's praxis, attempts to highlight a strong but little supported intuition that is one of the strongest supporters of this view. The analogy can be highly illuminating, as the following account by Lee Siegel on the reception of her work on magic can illustrate it: “I'm writing a book on magic”, I… 

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