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I am, therefore I think: Daniel Dennett’s hard problem

Words turned our brains into minds, and got us hung up on the ghost in the machine. But a new book isn't going to banish that spectre

By Julian Baggini   April 2017

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Read an interview with Dennett here

From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel C Dennett (Allen Lane, £25)

In the story of western modernity, science plays the role of both hero and villain—saviour and nemesis. The tension is captured in Charlie Chaplin’s classic speech at the end of The Great Dictator (1940). In one moment, Chaplin, at this point playing the Jewish barber not the Fascist leader, advocates “a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness”; in another, he laments that the “machinery…

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