Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (Jean Nicod Lectures)
by Daniel C. Dennett
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PublisherA Bradford Book
Release Date2005-02-25 (added to CC 19 Jan 2013)
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In the years since Daniel Dennett's influential Consciousness Explained was published
in 1991, scientific research on consciousness has been a hotly contested battleground of rival
theories -- "so rambunctious," Dennett observes, "that several people are writing books just about
the tumult." With Sweet Dreams, Dennett returns to the subject for "revision and renewal" of his
theory of consciousness, taking into account major empirical advances in the field since 1991 as
well as recent theoretical challenges.In Consciousness Explained, Dennett proposed to replace the
ubiquitous but bankrupt Cartesian Theater model (which posits a privileged place in the brain where
"it all comes together" for the magic show of consciousness) with the Multiple Drafts Model. Drawing
on psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and artificial intelligence, he asserted that human
consciousness is essentially the mental software that reorganizes the functional architecture of the
brain. In Sweet Dreams, he recasts the Multiple Drafts Model as the "fame in the brain" model, as a
background against which to examine the philosophical issues that "continue to bedevil the
field."With his usual clarity and brio, Dennett enlivens his arguments with a variety of vivid
examples. He isolates the "Zombic Hunch" that distorts much of the theorizing of both philosophers
and scientists, and defends heterophenomenology, his "third-person" approach to the science of
consciousness, against persistent misinterpretations and objections. The old challenge of Frank
Jackson's thought experiment about Mary the color scientist is given a new rebuttal in the form of
"RoboMary," while his discussion of a famous card trick, "The Tuned Deck," is designed to show that
David Chalmers's Hard Problem is probably just a figment of theorists' misexploited imagination. In
the final essay, the "intrinsic" nature of "qualia" is compared with the naively imagined "intrinsic

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