Blending ideas from philosophy, artificial intelligence, and neurobiology, Daniel C. Dennett explains how, by figuring out how our minds work, we can learn more about ourselves and others. In his provocative discussion he explores such questions as: Can we really know what is going on in someone else’s mind? Can a woman really know what it is like to be a man? What experiences does a baby have during childbirth? What experiences, if any, does a fetus have in its mother’s womb? And what of nonhuman minds and their knowing? Could a robot, if it were fancy enough, be conscious? Could it worry about its future? If a being has the ability to think, does it therefore have moral significance?
Thought-provoking, entertainingly written, and quite literally, mind-blowing.