Daniel C. Dennett is Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, and Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.
In the lecture, Dennett will show how Darwin's insights sketch the path from a purposeless world of cause and effect—but no function, no reasons—to the purposeful, reason-drenched world we inhabit today. The lecture engages with some of Dennett's most important books: Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (Simon & Schuster, 1995), Consciousness Explained (Back Bay Books, 1992), Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Viking Adult, 2006), as well as his recent book, Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014).
Where: University Hall, Room 1070
When: Weds, Sept. 17, 3:00pm
Importantly, the Dennett lecture pertains to the composer Scott Johnson's, “Mind Out Of Matter,” a music work that pairs the sampled voice of Dennett with the celebrated ensemble Alarm Will Sound. “Mind Out Of Matter” premiers October 4 & 5, 2014, in the Peak Performances Series at the Kasser Theater, MSU. Note: no charge for undergraduates (with valid MSU ID) - pick up your ticket at the Kasser Theater box office.
For more information about the Dennett lecture, contact Tiger Roholt.
For information about "Mind Out Of Matter" at Peak Performances, contact Carrie Urbanic: firstname.lastname@example.org
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When: Thursday, Oct. 16, 8PM
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion. For more information, contact Tiger Roholt.