From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds What is human consciousness and how is it possible This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists psychologists and philosophers From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Dan

  • Title: From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
  • Author: Daniel C. Dennett
  • ISBN: 9780241003565
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What is human consciousness and how is it possible This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Daniel C Dennett s brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culWhat is human consciousness and how is it possible This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Daniel C Dennett s brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett s legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought In his inimitable style laced with wit and arresting thought experiments Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a bounty of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay The result, a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, emerges from a process of cultural evolution.An agenda setting book for a new generation of philosophers and other researchers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its wondrous applications.

    From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds by Feb , In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biolog For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds is an attempt to give a theory of how consciousness evolved and what its architecture has used The authors conclusion is mainly that our memes create our consciousness and they allow a rich structure that has evolved consciousness. From Bacteria to Bach and Back From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds is a book about the origin of human consciousness by philosopher Daniel Dennett, in which the author makes a case for a materialist theory of mind, arguing that consciousness is no mysterious than gravity. Book review From Bacteria to Bach and Back New Humanist This article is a preview from the Autumn edition of New Humanist. From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel Dennett Allen Lane Meticulously scientific and scientist friendly, Daniel Dennett is first and foremost a philosopher, and this is the latest foray in his year quest to establish an evolutionary understanding of the mind. From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel C Dennett review Feb , Don t be fooled by the title there is little about bacteria, only a brief digression about Bach, and no back in philosopher Daniel Dennett s latest Big Bravura Book about consciousness bacteria Cell, Evolution, Classification Britannica Bacteria, singular bacterium, any of a group of microscopic single celled organisms that live in enormous numbers in almost every environment on Earth, from deep sea vents to deep below Earth s surface to the digestive tracts of humans. Bacteria lack a membrane bound nucleus and other internal structures and are therefore ranked among the unicellular life forms called prokaryotes. Bacteria Types, characteristics, where they live, hazards Bacteria Bacteria bk t ri listen common noun bacteria, singular bacterium are a type of biological cell They constitute a large domain of prokaryotic microorganisms Typically a few micrometres in length, bacteria have a number of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Bacterial vs Viral Infections The Differences Explained Jan , Bacterial and viral infections have many things in common Both types of infections are caused by microbes bacteria and viruses, respectively Bacterial Gastroenteritis Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Bacterial gastroenteritis happens when bacteria causes an infection in your gut This causes inflammation in your stomach and intestines You may also experience symptoms like vomiting, severe

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    1. Every time I read Dennett, I wonder why I have put myself through such an ordeal. Aside from wanting to yell at Dennett, who isn't even in the room, I get the urge to throw things and yell, "No, no, and just NO!". Skillfully, Dennett gives the impression that he is a deep and critical thinker. He does this by filling his many books and many long, long articles with some of the best arguments against his own work, and then addressing the criticisms. That gives the reader the false impression that [...]

    2. Surveying Dennett's huge output, this is perhaps his most ambitious and accessible work. The criticisms below that there isn't much in the way of new thinking on several areas is valid and I don't think that proposing many grand new ideas was his intention for this work. As he states toward the beginning of the book:"Undaunted, I am trying once again and going for the whole story this time. I think we have made tremendous scientific progress in the last 20 years; many of the impressionistic hunc [...]

    3. I love Dennett and I think he's brilliant. At the same time he's quirky and cranky and I don't know what else. A few bits in the book flew past me, but not so much - I think he was trying to reach a big audience. But I think the reason why I understood maybe 90% of this instead of 60% is because I've read other books of his and it's all beginning to sink in. So anyway, I liked it a lot, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to someone who hasn't already read and enjoyed Dennett.

    4. There is intelligent design. It's just not what the creationist think it is. Nature gives us competencies without comprehension. Comprehension means full understanding. Dennett gives the example of how the computer can do arithmetic without understanding as explained by Turing. His holy trinity within this book are Turing, Hume and Darwin. Each thinker provides an inversion to our 'manifest' knowledge by allowing an opening to the window to scientific knowledge. He'll explain in detail how each [...]

    5. With every respect to Dennett's considerable intellect, this was a mess of a book. I guess it was partly my fault for thinking that I was about to read a scientific textbook on the origin and evolution of intelligence. Instead, it felt like I was trapped in a dull cocktail party with a group of warring philosophers arguing on abstract issues such as the sense of one's self, cultural memetics, the nature of competence etc. Note that it's not these topics per se that I find dull, but the fact that [...]

    6. This is one of those books that I really liked, wanted to write a great review for, and consequently put off writing the review for way too long! I am remedying that now, not by writing a great review, but by writing a review.Dennett's purpose in the book is to sketch an outline of how consciousness as humans experience it could have grown out of a purely mechanistic process. This has been a focus of much of his work for decades, but he says in this book that he wants to attempt a summation, and [...]

    7. The title of this book implies a journey, and that's what it feels likea long, twisty one with diversions to view the scenery, most of which, frankly, is rather dull. Along the way we're supposed to have learned something about 'the evolution of minds', and perhaps we do, a bit, but not much, honestly, and after reading this, I'm not sure what it was. There is a long diversion to look at words as memes, and a lengthy stopover to take a few kicks at the dead horse of Descartes' mind/body dualism, [...]

    8. There is very little about Bacteria, even less about Bach. Dennett revisits his arguments to date, combining them into a fairly long-winded and non-essential worldview. It’s the same reductive materialist ontology that permeates all of his work. He attempts to explain away the problem of consciousness, accusing us of being faillible to ‘Cartesian gravity’. In other words there is no such things as ‘I’. Our minds are thousands of tiny robots dancing and self-control is an illusion. The [...]

    9. Dennett continues more on how our consciousness is an emergent property of evolution, but the thing that struck me the most was the underlying implication that our consciousness seems to arise almost outside ourselves. Without language and social structure, we don't have consciousness. Our body remembers early childhood trauma, our mind does not. Our first conscious memories only come until we are three or four as we first start to realize we are part of a bigger world. (This is my musings, not [...]

    10. Um ótimo livro que não entrega a premissa de falar sobre a evolução da mente, de bactérias a humanos. Dennett reúne boas ideias e atualiza seus argumentos sobre como pensamos, memética e como até a linguagem recria a forma como o pensamento foi ficando mais complexo. Várias ideias que já encontrei em outros livros, mas algo que só li aqui e fiquei muito surpreso é como explicamos o pensamento e a mente quando incorporamos a noção de que neurônios competem por recursos e pela sobre [...]

    11. In 2017 philosopher of biology and neuroscience Daniel Dennett published a book that one could call his magnum opus. Dennett has dedicated his career to understanding the implications of the theory of evolution - which he sees as a set of algorithms - and applying the developments in neuroscience to philosophical debates on consciousness and free will.In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Dennett explores his entire career and updates his arguments - which he developed over more than three decades [...]

    12. Although I agree with the author and he is clearly a smart guy, I found this book to be fairly self-indulgent and meandering (lots of take-down of others in the field who think differently or who have attacked his ideas in the past). In the end, I didn't feel that much new was brought to the idea of consciousness-is-some-kind-of-illusion argument (which I totally buy!). Here are some of his key ideas:-Humans are special in our meta-cognition but not that special (we know bacteria exist but they [...]

    13. There are great ideas in here, but they are not presented in a clear or convincing way. Some people may find Dennett's (somewhat subversive) writing style enjoyable, but I find it tedious and meandering. It is more of a clearinghouse of the author's scholarly knowledge than any organized idea or thesis. Try the first chapter and see if it works for you. I expected the intro to be a bit more scattered than the rest of the book, but unfortunately it never gets any better.That said, some of his met [...]

    14. Way too much "I/Me"; the author obviously likes to "hear" himself write. Frequently incomprehensibly didactic, and purposefully pedantic. Sample sentence: "We won't have a complete science of consciousness until we can align our manifest-image identifications of mental states by their contents with scientific-image identifications of the subpersonal information structures and events that are causally responsible for generating the details of the user-illusion we take ourselves to operate in." Ri [...]

    15. Great overview of mind and evolution of it. sometimes you need to pause and think and read the whole page again so I think it's because of the complexity of the subject and not a problem of the writer.

    16. <8h @ 2x. Contents:(view spoiler)[Dennett DC (2017) (15:44) From Bacteria to Bach and Back - The Evolution of MindsList of IllustrationsPrefacePart I: Turning Our World Upside Down01. Introduction– Welcome to the jungle– A bird's eye view of the journey– The Cartesian wound– Cartesian gravity02. Before Bacteria and Bach– Why Bach?– How investigating the prebiotic world is like playing chess03. On the Origin of Reasons– The death or rebirth of teleology?– Different senses of "w [...]

    17. I have enjoyed many of Dennett's books, but I DID NOT LAST LONG AT ALL in this one )which is why I decided not to give it a star rating. MAYBE it got better.)! It seems everything in his writing that has annoyed me at all is here in spades. One is his EXTENDED use of what he considers clever metaphors that he is so proud of he grinds them into the ground and that I too often do not find very apt, like his term "Cartesian gravity", which I initially had trouble understanding and then decided was [...]

    18. Part one of Dennett's book started slow, with a lot of explaining that I thought innecesary, or am I the only one who thought that the elevator analogy extended for too long? Maybe for me that's because I was already familiar with the subject and it wasn't necessary to convince me of "Darwin's stranger inversion of reasoning".Something worth standing from all this was his example of how life could emerge not entirely at random, but from a somewhat regular system. Imagine the proverbial primeval [...]

    19. 2.5 stars I had high hopes for this book, but -- *YAWN* Dennet's main ideas are interesting enough but there's not much new in this book. One gets the sense he is being paid per word, because he is extremely repetitive, the book just goes on and on and on; it is incredibly tedious and dull much of the time. 400+ pages that could be condensed into under 100. I forced myself to stay with the book, simply because this is Daniel C. Dennett, but had it been just about anyone else, I would have ditche [...]

    20. Een boek dat in je hoofd blijft zitten. Maar wat is in je hoofd zitten? Nou, daar gaat dit boek dus over. Over je brein. En je geest. En kunstmatige intelligentie. On-intelligente intelligentie. Competentie zonder begrip. Darwin. Descartes. Denkgereedschap. Dennett probeert langs de weg van de biologische en culturele evolutie te verklaren hoe wij denken. Hoe wij bewust-zijn. Hoe memen (met dank aan Richard Dawkins) de rol van genen overnamen om ideeën, gebruiken, overtuigingen te implanteren i [...]

    21. Ik kwam tot een kwart. Zó wijdlopig! En maar de hele tijd ingaan tegen mensen met een andere mening dan hij terwijl ik die mensen en hun meningen niet ken of ben. Wel nog steeds nieuwsgierig, dus misschien probeer ik het nog eens.

    22. First of all, dense and hard to read. Second, a little too much academic squabbling. But, third, very interesting.

    23. This effort at philosophical science probably deserves 5 Stars. Maybe 6. Densely written but conversational in style, by the end of its 400 odd pages one is pressed to recall what Chapter One was about. Dennett explores ground he has mostly covered before. Indeed, he self-references frequently. He also openly praises other thinkers and researchers, and openly discusses, albeit not at gossipy length, disagreements he has had with several of the Twentieth Centuries' scientific luminaries. Of cours [...]

    24. Competence without comprehension. Bottom-up evolutionary processes.Consciousness and intelligence. and more!

    25. A great read by one of the, if not the, preeminent philosophers of our time. Five stars!Of course the unanswerable questions remain unanswered. It is the journey that matters.From p. 371: "If the brain was so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't." - Emerson M. Pugh, The Biological Origin of Human Values. I am inclined to agree that no entity/machine can understand itself. Also from p. 379: What I cannot create, I do not understand. - Ricard Feynmam.I disagree with Pro [...]

    26. If you've ever wondered what "consciousness" is all about, Dennett explains HIS theory in this hefty tome. The development of the mind is a fascinating subject, and I really need a little higher IQ to understand ALL that he says, but I certainly got some good take-away information. One biggie: "competence" needs to precede "comprehension" - and not the other way around! He's also a believer in memetics - the "culturally transmitted informational entities" that shape the growth of knowledge. A he [...]

    27. Ain't a picnic.Excellent book, mind and thought sort of provocation. Worth every line and chapter. I would recommend to read Intuition Pump first.

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