Darwin's dangerous idea: evolution and the meanings of life

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Simon & Schuster, Jun 12, 1996 - Philosophy - 586 pages
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In this groundbreaking and very accessible book, Daniel C. Dennett, the acclaimed author of Consciousness Explained, demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of our place in the universe. Following Darwinian thinking to its logical conclusions is a risky business, with pitfalls for everybody. Creationists and others who reject evolution are not the only ones to fall into the traps. Many who accept the validity of Darwin's conclusions hesitate before their implications and distort his theory, fearful that it is politically incorrect or antireligious, or that it robs life of all spirituality. Dennett explains the scientific theory of natural selection in vivid terms, and shows how it extends far beyond biology.

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Ideas better than the writing. - Goodreads
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Read this as part of my read-a-book-a-day endeavour. Fabulous as all Dennetts writing are. His take on evolution as a repeating, simple algorithm resonates with me as I work on genetic programming ... Read full review

Contents

Tell Me Why
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2 What Where When Whyand How?
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3 Lockes Proof of the Primacy of Mind
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About the author (1996)

Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Elbow Room, and Consciousness Explained. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.