Where Is Daniel Dennett (the Road)

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Where is Daniel Dennett? Daniel Dennett was a special ops agent for the U.S. government who was placed in a very unique situation. In order to complete a secret government mission presumably during the cold war, he was required to have his brain removed. Dennett had to have his brain removed in order to extract a warhead buried a mile beneath Tulsa, Oklahoma. With his brain removed from his body, though still connected and in total control of his body through radio transmitters, he asked one simple question. Where am I? Though at first most people would say, Dennett is where he stands and his brain is now controlling him externally instead of internally. Sure this makes sense, but then the question arises, then which thing is really…show more content…
His personality was still the same and the only real differences he saw in himself were obviously just physical, though with time these things became familiar too. Dennett then decided to visit his brain and discovered that during his disembodied state, the scientists had also created a computer that they called Hubert that mimicked his brain in every way. Dennett now came to a new realization that he would have to live with. “If there were two bodies, one under the control of Hubert and the other being controlled by Yorick, then which would the world recognize as the true Dennett? And whatever the world decided, which one would be me?” If this actually did happen, another body using either Yorick or Hubert. There would be no real way to differ the two to see which person really is Dennett. This also brings to light another question, if this actually happened, which Dennett would be the real Dennett? As Dennett pondered this question a new more riveting question arose in Dennett’s mind. “My strongest intuition was that in such an eventuality I would survive so long as either brain-body couple remained intact, but I had mixed emotions about whether I should want both to survive.” Dennett came to the realization that as long as he had a body to brain connection he could survive. This also meant that there would be a great possibility for two Dennett’s to exist, which for obvious reasons he did not like. The other Dennett would rival him in every aspect of life. So

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