Posts Tagged ‘Dennett’

Ex Machina and consciousness

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The recent science fiction film, Ex Machina, about the invention of a conscious android takes us straight to the heart of the nature of consciousness. The android, named Ava, has a clear choice, preference and desire to be free from the underground chamber in which she is confined, and also to be free from the direction of her inventor. The inventor, Nathan, asks the other main character, Caleb, to go beyond the Turing test. This is good advice as the Turing test was an annoying distraction Read more […]

Dennett on freewill

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Some observations on the psychology of thinking about freewill Daniel Dennett In:  Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will  Eds. Baer, J. Kaufman, J. & Baumeister, R. This chapter is remarkable for Dennett’s style. There can be little doubt that Dennett’s dominance over much of modern consciousness studies is due in part to the beguiling quality of his style of writing. However, his approach in this chapter is markedly different from his seminal work ‘Consciousness Explained’. In that, Read more […]