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Oddest Book Title of the Year

Posted by Brian on March 4, 2006

The winner of the Oddest Book Title of the Year award is:

The living dead beat rhino horn to be named Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Bookseller magazine gave the award Friday to a self-help book on being haunted entitled “People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It.”

In a close fight, the runner-up was “Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa.”

Previous winners have been “Bombproof Your Horse” and “Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers.”

Zombies. A subject matter that always stays fresh.

So fresh, in fact, that now philosophers are tackling the zombie problem:

By definition, zombies would be behaviourally and physically just like us, but not conscious. If a zombie world is possible, then physicalism is false. Just as importantly, the seductive conception of phenomenal consciousness embodied by the zombie idea is fundamentally misconceived. One of this book’s two main aims is to bring out the incoherence of the zombie idea with the help of an intuitively appealing argument (the ‘sole-pictures argument’). The other is to develop a fresh approach to understanding phenomenal consciousness by exploiting two key notions: that of a ‘basic package’ of capacities which is necessary and sufficient for perception in the full sense; and that of ‘direct activity’, which, when combined with the basic package, is necessary and sufficient for perceptual consciousness. These definitions may apply to quite humble creatures, and even to suitably constructed artefacts.


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