Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
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How can we ensure that we are thinking reliably about the thorniest problems? This book offers one eminent philosopher's answer - a selection of 77 'prosthetic imagination-extenders and focus-holders', which range from the familiar Occam's razor and reductio ad absurdum to the novel concepts of 'sphexishness' and 'deepity'. They are introduced in engaging, humorous essays which use thought-experiments involving subjects such as computer science, evolution and consciousness to show why each tool is needed.