By Daniel C. Dennett
Back Bay Books, 1992, 528 pages
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.