Re: Extropian Views

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 11:15:46 -0700 (PDT)

> << Try Daniel C. Dennett's "Consciousness Explained". Dennett is a
> beautiful writer and he says something interesting on almost every page.

I'd certainly describe Dennett's work as "important" and "compelling" and "brilliant", but I wouldn't come anywhere close to "beautiful". He's a scientist, and a better writer than most, but that isn't saying much. Everyone should read CE, but it is a bit of an ordeal to do so, much like suffering through Rand. An important experience, but not always a pleasant one.

If only a great writer like Hofstaedter or Dawkins would cover the same subject matter, it would be much better known (yes, Hofstaedter has covered a bit of it--but not nearly in Dennett's detail).

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