Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

A few weeks ago I was in an airport, hunting around for something to read on a five hour flight. I discovered this jewel of a book by Daniel C. Dennet. It contains dozens of thinking tools with names such as Rapoport’s Rules, the familiar Occam’s Razor, and the less familiar Jootsing, among many others. Dennet also sketches out thinking scenarios to assist in unknotting difficult thought problems such as consciousness and free will.

I’m still thinking about the book, and want to take another run-through. In the meantime, it is what I am reading, and I certainly have enjoyed it. Oh, and there are answers to common machine problems in the back of the book. Most geeks will appreciate this inclusion. — Pam Dixon

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