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Dan Dennett talks about his views on consciousness and free will. Dennett believes consciousness simply does not exist, and thus doesn't require explanation. We do not need to explain what isn't there, and so that is why we do not have an explanation for what consciousness is--because there is no such thing. It has just come to be an easy way to refer to the compounded efforts of the different parts of the brain. Which could just as easily be called neural processes.
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