Read this excerpt on the origin of consciousness from Dan Dennett and answer the following

in 600 words minimum.


1. How is free will related to "meta-thinking" according to Dennett and the authors he cites?


2. Why is meta-thinking valuable, especially when a member of a social species?


3. Why do some people sometimes talk to themselves, especially when mentally taxed?


4. If you agree with Dennett's Just-So-Story explanation of consciousness, what are its

merits?  If you disagree, what are its faults?