Summary of Intuition Pumps

And Other Tools For Thinking

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Intuition Pumps book summary
To learn to be a better thinker, attend this master class in thinking.

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This useful exploration of thinking provides a master class on thought by someone who has spent his life thinking about thinking. Philosophy professor Daniel C. Dennett’s clear prose and quiet humor make the book pleasant, and his insight makes it valuable. Be prepared, however: The text is more than 400 pages long and, as the introduction reminds you, “thinking is hard,” and, sometimes, so is reading about it. This treatise clearly springs from a larger conversation about how thought works, so those who are unfamiliar with related debates about cognitive function may be a little at sea. Dennett does not address bias or self-interested self-deception, but he is at home with complexity and urges his readers to embrace it. getAbstract recommends his overview to writers, teachers, students, strategists, problem solvers, futurists, amateur and professional philosophers, and anyone who wants to think more clearly.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to learn to think better
  • What methods you can use to think about meaning, consciousness and evolution
  • What thinking mistakes you should avoid
 

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Why You Need “Intuition Pumps”
“Thinking is hard.” Considering certain ideas or particular issues makes your head hurt. People tend to avoid thinking about difficult matters. When you must, you can utilize “thinking tools.” These vary in their nature, how you use them and what sorts of...
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About the Author

Professor of philosophy at Tufts University and co-director of its Center for Cognitive Studies Daniel C. Dennett wrote Breaking the Spell and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.


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