Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 22 February 2017

Daniel Dennett

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Daniel Dennett
Wed 22 February 2017,

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What is human consciousness and how is it possible? Daniel Dennett explores many of the ideas we take for granted about how we think – such as the idea of the individual mind – to offer a bold new explanation of consciousness and the origins of the conscious mind. Extending perspectives from his earlier work, he examines the deep interactions of evolution, brains and human culture. He shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains. Language, itself composed of memes, drove this interplay. The result, a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, emerges from a process of cultural evolution.

He will be introduced by Susan Blackmore.

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