Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

  • by Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by Jeff Crawford
  • 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over a storied career, 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. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful “imagination-extenders and focus-holders” meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will.
With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering listeners insight into how and why each tool was built. Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned listeners alike.
As always, his goal remains to teach you how to “think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions.” A sweeping work of 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.

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What the Critics Say

“A philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit.” (Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent Tools For Thinking

If you could sum up Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking in three words, what would they be?

Geeky, Detailed, A-ha


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

To long for one sitting. I think it should be read with time to reflect on chapters, especially as the tools become more specific at the end of the book.


Any additional comments?

It was very well narrated but I would have loved it to have been read by the author.

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- Thomas

Useless for reference

The chapters are titled by number, so going back to listen to certain concepts again is harder than it should be.
Dennett's style is arrogant and long winded, often explaining a thought experiment (which he renames "intuition pump") at great length, to then fail at putting it in the context of the original problem.
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- dhatt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio