Mornington Crescent with Ian Stewart, Doug Hofstadter and Dan Dennett

Just had a weird reading-linked-articles (Tennis-Elbow-Foot / Cow-Lake-Bomb / Rock-Paper-Scissors) experience: Ian Stewart is a popular maths writer I’ve enjoyed, but probably barely referenced here other than as the author of “Does God Play Dice? – The Mathematics of Chaos“. I was also aware that the “non-game” Finchley Central was a forerunner to ISIHAC‘s Mornington Crescent, … Continue reading “Mornington Crescent with Ian Stewart, Doug Hofstadter and Dan Dennett”

Dennett – Does He or Doesn’t He?

Is he a scientist or is he a philosopher? He’s a philosopher. His contributions to science (and anything else) are philosophical. He’s learned a great deal from science and is very pro-science. Some, but not so many, scientists appreciate philosophical input or explicitly concern themselves with the philosophical underpinnings of their subject. Is he a “four … Continue reading “Dennett – Does He or Doesn’t He?”

Dennett’s Speculative Bet in “From Bacteria to Bach and Back”

At the time of writing this post, I’m still not quite finished my final thorough read of Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back (“B2BnB”) and, apart from his focus on “words” in linguistic development, I’d still say the whole is an improvement – a consolidation, clarification and most importantly an evolution – of his … Continue reading “Dennett’s Speculative Bet in “From Bacteria to Bach and Back””

Dennett – An Eternal Golden Braid

I’m a great fan of Dan Dennett, and have probably read just about everything he’s ever written. Apart from his “Consciousness Explained” which failed to live up to its title – “hardly!” I commented at the time – I’ve pretty much gone along with Dan on his own evolving understanding of evolutionary consciousness. He’s part of … Continue reading “Dennett – An Eternal Golden Braid”

Content and Consciousness Revisited, with Replies by Daniel Dennett

As a fan of Dennett, this is an interesting review of Content and Consciousness Revisited, with Replies by Daniel Dennett. Just baffled that whilst “revisiting” his 1969 and 1991 works it obviously refers to later work by others, but not later works by Dan himself. Dennett does not engage with the details of Mandik’s argument but … Continue reading “Content and Consciousness Revisited, with Replies by Daniel Dennett”

Dan Dennett on Information (& Evolution of “Intelligent Design”)

  If it looks designed, call it designed … by evolution. At root it’s all about (disembodied) information, and intelligence is evolved too. (Good to have that Q&A on gender cognitive differences [9:39 to 13:23 (*)] captured for posterity too.) Anyway – reported on this talk back in March 2015. ==== [(*)Post Note : On that … Continue reading “Dan Dennett on Information (& Evolution of “Intelligent Design”)”

Daniel Dennett at The Royal Institution of Great Britain @Ri_Science

I was fortunate to meet and hear Dan Dennett delivering Convergence: Information, Evolution, and Intelligent Design at The Royal Institution on Wednesday 25th March this week. I say fortunate because, despite being a huge fan of his as these pages will attest, and despite exchanging emails with him back in January when I noticed he … Continue reading “Daniel Dennett at The Royal Institution of Great Britain @Ri_Science”

Dennett Hard Talk

Missed this last week on BBC World Service – Stephen Sackur interview with Daniel Dennett – introduced predictably as one of the “4 Horsemen of New Atheism“. Much confirmation of my own view that Dennett is the most considered and sophisticated thinker in this space. The four I have before ranked Dennett > Harris > … Continue reading “Dennett Hard Talk”