Dan Dennett on our consciousness

So I’m going to speak about a problem that I have and that’s that I’m a philosopher. (Laughter)

When I go to a party and people ask me what do I do and I say “I’m a professor,” their eyes glaze over. When I go to an academic cocktail party and there are all the professors around, they ask me what field I’m in and I say philosophy — their eyes glaze over. (Laughter)

When I go to a philosopher’s party (Laughter)

and they ask me what I work on and I say consciousness, their eyes don’t glaze over — their lips curl into a snarl. (Laughter)

And I get hoots of derision and cackles and growls because they think, “That’s impossible! You can’t explain consciousness.” The very chutzpah of somebody thinking that you could explain consciousness is just out of the question. Continue to read…

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