Dennett on Brains and Blame


“Of course my brain made me do it! What would you want, your stomach to make you do it?”

That’s from the text of a brief interview with Daniel Dennett at WBUR’s site.

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Matt McAdam
Matt McAdam
7 years ago

I haven’t read his new book, so I’m curious: does Dennett endorse the false dichotomy as one of his “tools for thinking”?Report

Marcus Arvan
7 years ago

Sometimes I think it is entirely appropriate to say that my stomach made me do it.Report

Matt
7 years ago

I’m pretty sympathetic to the idea that I think Dennett is getting at, but that idea, properly understood, should be willing to give an important role to, if not the stomach exactly, at least to the digestive system. See, e.g., this:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/04/11/justice-is-served-but-more-so-after-lunch-how-food-breaks-sway-the-decisions-of-judges/#.U-Qr-LGTL68Report