Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: BN3712
Released: May 06, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781480512207
Narrator/s: Jeff Crawford
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Over a storied career, philosopher Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. In this audiobook, Dennett shares the ''imagination extenders and focus-holders'' that he and others have developed for addressing life's most fundamental questions. Along with novel discussions of familiar moves - Occam's Razor, reductio ad absurdum - Dennett offers cognitive tools purpose-built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. From skyhooks to deepities, the Wandering Two-Bitser and the Prime Mammal, Dennett's genial style persuades as it educates, pointing out pitfalls in arguments as it challenges listeners to find others. The result is a sweeping work of deep intellectual seriousness that's also studded with impish delights. Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers - in all walks of life - delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.

Professional reviews

"Narrator Jeff CrawfordÕs tone of wonder makes this lengthy book sound fresh and interesting from start to finish. The philosophy heÕs reading may be down-to-earth, but without his likability and palpable affection for these ideas, it could have sounded esoteric or mechanical. Instead, the book comes off as a lively guide to higher-quality thinking. It sounds warm and engaging because of the authorÕs peppy writing, especially the examples that draw on his college teaching or on fascinating realms of life. The bookÕs message is uplifting: Throw out your habits and assumptions and approach problems from new angles. Become a nimble thinker and feel more alive, more competent in life. T.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"