Ideas from 'Kinds of Minds' by Daniel Dennett [1996], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Kinds of Minds' by Dennett,Daniel [Phoenix 1997,0-75380-043-8]].

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15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / e. Questions about mind
Minds are hard-wired, or trial-and-error, or experimental, or full self-aware
15. Nature of Minds / B. Properties of Minds / 1. Consciousness / a. Consciousness
Sentience comes in grades from robotic to super-human; we only draw a line for moral reasons
15. Nature of Minds / B. Properties of Minds / 5. Qualia / a. Nature of qualia
What is it like to notice an uncomfortable position when you are asleep?
16. Persons / E. Self as Mind / 6. Self as Meta-awareness
Being a person must involve having second-order beliefs and desires (about beliefs and desires)
17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 6. Homuncular Functionalism
We descend from robots, and our intentionality is composed of billions of crude intentional systems
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 1. Physicalism
There is no more anger in adrenaline than silliness in a bottle of whiskey
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 3. Eliminativism
Maybe there is a minimum brain speed for supporting a mind
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 7. Anti-Physicalism / b. Multiple realisability
The materials for a mind only matter because of speed, and a need for transducers and effectors
18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 2. Mentalese
The predecessor and rival of the language of thought hypothesis is the picture theory of ideas
18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Concepts and Language / b. Concepts are linguistic
Concepts are things we (unlike dogs) can think about, because we have language
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 3. Abortion
Most people see an abortion differently if the foetus lacks a brain
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 2. Life
Maybe plants are very slow (and sentient) animals, overlooked because we are faster?