Department of Philosophy presents Daniel Dennett

dennett-wickens-2Daniel Dennett, Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, will be visiting campus on November 10-11 and giving two presentations (learn more below). You can also visit the Department of Philosophy’s website here to learn more about Daniel Dennett and these presentations.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
Thursday, November 10; 4-6pm
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU

There is a continuous lineage of design innovation and improvement from the origin of life over three billion years ago to the latest advances in the arts and technology. We are now entering a new phase, where we harness the exploratory power of evolution to do the heavy lifting for us. Will we still need—or be—intelligent creators in the future?

A Magician’s View of Consciousness
Friday, November 11; 4-6pm
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
Consciousness seems to many people to be a magical phenomenon, and in one sense it is: it is made possible by a bag of physical tricks that fool us into thinking our experience has properties it doesn’t have. There is great resistance to this message, this “unmasking” of consciousness. Similarly, many people prefer to remain mystified by stage magic; they don’t want to be shown how the effects are achieved, fearing that the truth will be deeply disappointing. Do not attend this lecture if you prefer to keep consciousness mysterious.

By Justin Zuschlag
Justin Zuschlag Senior Associate Director, Student Services Justin Zuschlag