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  • Title: Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
  • Author: Daniel C. Dennett
  • ISBN: 9780684824710
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback

  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life By Daniel C. Dennett In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet, focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin s great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity s place in the universe Dennett vividly dIn a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet, focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin s great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity s place in the universe Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin s vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.
    Daniel C. Dennett
    Daniel Clement Dennett III is a prominent philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, science, and biology, particularly as they relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science He is the co director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University Dennett is a noted atheist, avid sailor, and advocate of the Brights movement.Dennett received his B.A in philosophy from Harvard University in 1963, where he was a student of W.V.O Quine In 1965, he received his D.Phil from Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied under the ordinary language philosopher Gilbert Ryle.Dennett gave the John Locke lectures at the University of Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young Lectures at Adelaide, Australia, in 1985, and the Tanner Lecture at Michigan in 1986, among many others In 2001 he was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize, giving the Jean Nicod Lectures in Paris He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987 He was the co founder 1985 and co director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts University, and has helped to design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Computer Museum in Boston He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

    Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life By Daniel C. Dennett

    Commentaires:

    Greg
    1 Roughly 47% of Americans believe the theories in this book to be complete and utter bullshit at best, and at worst the work of the devil That same 47 percent of the population that doesn t believe in evolution also do not believe in the Sumerians or Dinosaurs There is nothing that can be said to make them see that they could possibly be wrong about the world being created roughly 6,500 years ago, but that is fine because I believe the world was actually created 10 seconds ago, and it was creat [...]

    John Wiswell
    This was by far the most annoying book I read in college It isn t just wordy it s bloated with needlesstangents and almost incomprehensibly dense passages I watched an entire college science class misunderstand this for two excruciating weeks of debate and left thoroughly disappointed in Dennett s prose It s simply too long and stuffy for its own good and worse, for a 600 page monolith, it insists on simplifying things to God did it by miracle or natural selection did it mindlessly This is a typ [...]

    R.A. Schneider
    As I neared the end of my second month of slogging through this book, I asked myself, What keeps you going Each night you read a page or two, re read half of those, and then start again the next night The answer is that this book is so dense and well written that it deserves to be savored and thought about For an evolutionary neophyte like myself both in evolutionary time, and in terms of how much I know about the concept of evolution the book has some fairly difficult and complex sections But D [...]

    Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    If you can approach the world s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things Daniel C Dennett, Breaking the Spell Is this Tree of Life a God one could worship Pray to Fear Pro [...]

    Clif
    Imagine running through an orchard grabbing fruit as you go After you finish, you look back and decide to take a very large bag and stroll slowly through again, carrying a ladder picking the best fruit you can find.Darwin s Dangerous Idea is the first book I have ever read twice in a row Dennett is a master of clear thinking and builds his case through logic, but he surveys a very large territory and I felt upon finishing my first read, that I hadn t grasped all he had to say The second read was [...]

    Zanna
    Philosopher Dan Dennett argues that the theory of natural selection is a universal acid , burning through our basic ideas about science and beyond, leaving a completely changed intellectual landscape The revelation that mind did not design life inverts the traditional Christian derived pyramid Dennett shows that evolution needs no skyhooks no supernatural powers and instead produced us and our artifacts and ideas using cranes , artefacts and strategies that accelerate development the image deriv [...]

    Gendou
    This is my first Dennett book, and he had me worried in the first chapter with all that philosophy Then I recognized something from my study of of effective field theory Here, then, is Darwin s dangerous idea the algorithmic level is the level that best accounts for the speed of the antelope, the wing of the eagle, the shape of the orchid, the diversity of species, and the other occasions for wonder in the world of nature He also refers to Darwin s dangerous idea as a universal acid, able to cut [...]

    Craig Williams
    I hate to abandon a book before I finish it, but some books just force my hand in the matter I picked up this book because I had always heard of Daniel Dennett, as he is one of the infamous Four Horsemen of Atheism also including Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchins I wanted to read some of his work, saw this book, and thought the title provocative However, the I read, the of a chore it became just to pick up the book I don t want to give the wrong impression this is probably [...]

    AJ
    This book is purely about Darwin s theory of natural selection IT S NOT A BIOLOGY TEXT It s not really about biology at all, but the larger, widely applicable algorithmic process that happened to push forth original life It covers a massive span of topics, most rather philosophical, including reactions to Darwinian thought from Neo Darwinist scientists, and others , issues in reductionism, possibility, evolutions of meaning, evolutions of morality, and a lot It s pretty unbelievable how far the [...]

    Mehrsa
    This book felt like brain yoga It was such a delight to follow the logic based arguments Dennett constructs and the analogies he uses and the way he picks apart other people s bad arguments Darwin s dangerous idea, he says, is like a universal acid that corrodes all our faiths and institutions In fighting this, we have mischaracterized it, feared it, or run away from it Dennett confronts it head on and explains what that means for us and for our culture It s not overly scientific It s well reaso [...]

    Bethany
    Interesting beginning, but the philosophizing and repetitiveness takes over Half of it is refuting other peoples writings If you re not already familiar with important philosophical concepts and terminology, and you haven t read Stephen Jay Gould before, I can t really recommend this book I will say that the idea of skyhooks and cranes is really fantastic, though.

    DJ
    DESIGN OUT OF CHAOS WITHOUT MINDThis book is not yet another pop sci book on evolution It does not set out to convince the reader with a series of well known arguments that evolution is true Instead, it assumes you ve accepted the idea and explores it as an abstract framework for understanding the world It is the first and only book I ve encountered that takes evolution as a worldview and not just a biological explanation of speciation.I drew far too many wonderful ideas and frameworks from this [...]

    Jeremy Lyon
    In this book Dennett makes an authoritative case against the necessity of what he calls skyhooks in order to explain life and meaning Skyhooks are the deus ex machina of science, invented to make the case for human exceptionalism Dennett s able to show that evolutionary theory can dissolve just about any argument in favor of skyhooks into plain, old fashioned incrementalism.The vast majority of the book is devoted to this topic considerably fewer pages are allocated to describing how morality an [...]

    Ken-ichi
    I picked up this book because I m an atheist and I wanted to read something by one of the New Atheists, because the notion that anyone would want to capitalize atheist seemed somewhat anti atheistic to me aatheistic , and Dennett appeared to be the least pig headed Somewhat unfortunately for my project, this book has nothing to do with atheism, but fortunately for me in general, it has everything to do with evolution by natural selection and its implications beyond biology, which is a pretty coo [...]

    Dave
    Darwin s Dangerous Idea by Daniel C Dennett is one of the better books on Evolution available Dennett is probably best known as one of The Four Horsemen Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and Harris , i.e atheists who speak out against the problems that organized religion causes in our society Of the four, though, Dennett tends to stay away from the blood boiling criticism in which the others sometimes engage Instead, Dennett spends his time discussing the state of the science This book is a very good [...]

    Steve Van Slyke
    This should not be anyone s first book about evolution, natural selection or Charles Darwin Dennett, and this book in particular, was referenced in so many other books I d read on evolution that I felt I needed to read one of his, but was somewhat surprised to find myself in something so abstract that I occasionally had trouble following him If you re looking for a book about the nuts and bolts of evolution and natural selection this is not it On the other hand, for those who are scientists, ste [...]

    Robb Seaton
    A slog Dennet s prose is seldom clear, too much time spent on arguing about words Most of Dennet s digressions 70% of the book seem designed to signal the author s breadth of learning rather than to promote understanding.

    Ripu Jain
    My review wont do justice to this work by the genius thinker that Dan Dennett is Let me start by saying this tome is not for the faint of heart I claim to be no scientist or genius, rather a curious thinker, but this book has by far been the most intellectually taxing yet satisfying book I ve read.The author beautifully uses various streams of science from biology to critical reasoning to AI to physics and chemistry and adds philosophy with brilliant examples and analogies and metaphors, to defe [...]

    Jurij Fedorov
    A philosopher writes about what psychology has to say about the brain and Homo sapiens in 1995 20 years later this book is outdated The book itself is written in a boring and dry way And the final nail in the coffin is the length 520 pages long, 300 pages too long as he just repeats the same points again and again and uses way too much space to explain simple things While I do agree with Dennett on most points he doesn t understand human behavior fully in 1995 Today we know a lot We have discov [...]

    Krishan
    A long and diffucult book, but well worth the effort Here Dennett explores the implications of natural selection on other areas of philosophy The material ranges far and wide, from human consciousness, morality, the evolution of theories of evolution, consciousness and morality The meat of the book is devastating criticism of attempts by philosophers and scientists to find attributes that are beyond evolutionary analysis In particular, he does a thorough job of exposing the shortcomings of the t [...]

    Sheng Peng
    The first 5 or 6 chapters are actually very good, not as good as any of Dawkins , but still pretty good But gradually, it turns into a long winded literature study And the rambling becomes unbearable In retrospect, having experienced Dennett s ability of filling pages previously when reading his Consciousness Explained, I should have exercised caution in beginning this book Mea culpa.

    Nicholas
    Goes into depth in places where many books brush over stuff A lot theoretical depth than most Brings up clarifications and important caveats not normally discussed.I like its argumentativeness It doesn t pander to the people it s at war with It plants its feet and throws some solid punches.Gives some good critiques of where evpsych goes too far.Quotes On this occasion, we are not going to settle for There, there, it will all come out all right Our examination will take a certain amount of nerve [...]

    Alex Lee
    Dennett starts this book, careful to align the specific context of Darwin s ideas from a material biology context to one of functionalism.With this alignment, Darwin seeks to atomize all complexity into functional processes so that the material moves within a complexity are atomized into building blocks that allow for a supervenience of complexity to material atoms.For instance, he applies this maneuver from biological evolution to behavior, psychology, culture and ultimately consciousness What [...]

    Taka
    Really good Reading this rekindled my interest in evolutionary theory and I ve duly added Darwin s The Origin of Species to my reading list and moved Dawkin s Selfish Gene up the priority ladder It s difficult to do justice to a book of such philosophical complexity and richness in a single review, but I will just note down some of the important concepts I ve learned from this book 1 Retrospective coronation It s impossible to identify the beginning of a species until much later because whether [...]

    Teo 2050
    13.5h 2x Contents view spoiler PrefacePart I Starting in the Middle01 Tell Me Why01.1 Is Nothing Sacred 01.2 What, Where, When, Why and How 01.3 Locke s Proof of the Primacy of Mind01.4 Hume s Close Encounter02 An Idea Is Born02.1 What Is So Special About Species 02.2 Natural Selection an Awful Stretcher02.3 Did Darwin Explain the Origin of Species 02.4 Natural Selection as an Algorithmic Process02.5 Processes as Algorithms03 Universal Acid03.1 Early Reactions03.2 Darwin s Assault on the Cosmic [...]

    Jason Schofield
    I have read a lot of smart books This is the smartest.

    Steve
    Really liked the first half of the book, but the second half not so much Do I get bored with books Or do a lot of writers run out of steam before they re done

    Brendan
    I m teaching this book for a philosophy of biology course this semester, so I m read this with its potential for pedagogy in mind All in all, I thought it was a pretty good explanation and defense of the dominant neo Darwinian adaptationist paradigm in biology, and that it spelled out some consequences of this paradigm for others area of research philosophy of mind, linguistics, computer science, even physics Dennett s basic theses might be summarized as follows We are all made of up little mach [...]

    Nilesh
    The biggest fault of the book is that it spends time in refuting than explaining At many points, the objective of the book is less about enlightening the reader and about proving some of author s contemporaries and or adversaries wrong This makes the book not only needlessly pedagogic but also long and boring in parts.The main topic is critically important and the author is immensely knowledgable The deductive reasoning and logical dismantling of counterpoints throughout is some of the best on [...]

    Joaquin
    Though this book is very approachable, it s also extremely dense, spanning a huge array of subjects and approaches I felt a bit tired with the extremely long tangents that later develop into clear philosophical examples, sometimes they dragged too long, sometimes the point was clear before the reveal, but I have to agree that the points couldn t have been made with care and clarity.Dennet is a great thinker, he exposes everyone s way of thought as well as his own, always analyzing not only our [...]

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