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Consciousness Explained

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Consciousness Explained
By Daniel C. Dennett
Back Bay Books, 1992, 528 pages
ISBN: 978-0316180665

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - May 3, 2010

Daniel C. Dennett is one of a handful of leading unbelievers. He is a scientist who questions the existence of God. The New York Times considered Consciousness Explained as "one of the ten best books of the year." Dennett writes clearly and interestingly and even very religious people will benefit by reading his books, for he raises questions that people need to answer. People should not sit back passively and watch life pass before them like a TV program. Every religious book and every philosophy book that is worth reading teaches that people have an obligation to be active, to develop themselves and improve society. Dennett's books inform people how the human body works, in this case, consciousness and unconsciousness. He addresses the question, how is it possible for material, the human, body, to think?

Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.

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On the Soul - De Anima, by Aristotle.
For the Pre-Socratic philosophers the soul was the source of movement and sensation, while for Plato it was the seat of being. Plato's student, Aristotle, was determined to test the truth of both these beliefs against the emerging sciences of logic and biology and in De Anima, he sought to set out his theory of the soul as the ultimate reality of embodied form.

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