• poniedziałek, 19 marca 2018 r.

Memes as the key to human intelligence. Daniel C Dennett


Daniel C. Dennett, American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind. 
He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement at the beginning of the 21st century. In addition to his formal philosophical training, Dennett made autodidactic forays into the fields of artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.
From 1993 Dennett was involved with a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that attempted to construct an intelligent, and perhaps even conscious, robot called Cog. 
Throughout his career he authored a number of books that detailed his theories of consciousness. Two efforts, Consciousness Explained (1991) and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995), examined how the mindless process of natural selection accounts for the evolution of the brain and human consciousness.
Dennett’s intellectual peregrinations increasingly converged with a movement that held all forms of religion to be false and that advocated an atheist worldview. His 2006 volume Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon advanced evolutionary explanations for the development of religious thought. He considered religious inclinations to be largely a by-product of instinct-driven social phenomena.

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5 komentarzy

  1. Piotr Napierała
    Piotr Napierała
    4 lutego 2018 at 10:51 - odpowiedz

    Theory like any other. We shall see. We shouldn't treat mr Dennett like a prophet or should we…?


  2. Ian Glendinning
    3 marca 2018 at 12:45 - odpowiedz

    The test is whether it makes credible sense, not whether or not you perceive him as a prophet? I think he talks clear sense.

  3. Ian Glendinning
    3 marca 2018 at 13:13 - odpowiedz

    It's a pity the video of the talk doesn't present his slides. (Are the slides available?)

    • Andrzej
      7 marca 2018 at 07:52 - odpowiedz

      Sorry, it is a mistake of our fomer camera man. I am afraid the slides are not availble.

  4. Dennett – Don’t Mention the Memes | Psybertron Asks
    3 marca 2018 at 14:44 - odpowiedz

    […] (26 Jan 2018) talk by Dan Dennett recorded in Warsaw and published by Polish Rationalists on the topic of his most recent “From Bacteria to Bach and Back” (B2BnB) book on the […]

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