Darwin s Dangerous Idea

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, ...

Darwin s Dangerous Idea

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 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.

Darwin s Dangerous Idea

This work assesses Darwin's theory of evolution and looks at why it arises such heated debate among scientists, philosophers and sociologists. The book aims to show that Darwinism does not devalue the miracles of life.

Darwin s Dangerous Idea

This work assesses Darwin's theory of evolution and looks at why it arises such heated debate among scientists, philosophers and sociologists. The book aims to show that Darwinism does not devalue the miracles of life.

On the Origin of Evolution Tracing Darwin s Dangerous Idea from Aristotle to DNA

A Waterstones Best Book of 2020 The theory of evolution by natural selection did not spring fully formed and unprecedented from the brain of Charles Darwin.

On the Origin of Evolution  Tracing    Darwin   s Dangerous Idea    from Aristotle to DNA

A Waterstones Best Book of 2020 The theory of evolution by natural selection did not spring fully formed and unprecedented from the brain of Charles Darwin. Rather it has been examined and debated by philosophers the world over for thousands of years.

Darwin s Dangerous Idea Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C Dennett

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Darwin s Dangerous Idea

Nominated for the 1995 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, this masterly exploration reaffirms the validity of Darwin's theory of natural selection and brilliantly demonstrates its compatibility with free will, sacred beliefs, and the ...

Darwin s Dangerous Idea

Nominated for the 1995 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, this masterly exploration reaffirms the validity of Darwin's theory of natural selection and brilliantly demonstrates its compatibility with free will, sacred beliefs, and the dignity of humankind.

C S Lewis s Dangerous Idea

Who ought to hold claim to the more dangerous idea--Charles Darwin or C. S. Lewis? Daniel Dennett argued for Darwin in Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Touchstone Books, 1996). In this book Victor Reppert champions C. S. Lewis.

C  S  Lewis s Dangerous Idea

Who ought to hold claim to the more dangerous idea--Charles Darwin or C. S. Lewis? Daniel Dennett argued for Darwin in Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Touchstone Books, 1996). In this book Victor Reppert champions C. S. Lewis. Darwinists attempt to use science to show that our world and its inhabitants can be fully explained as the product of a mindless, purposeless system of physics and chemistry. But Lewis claimed in his argument from reason that if such materialism or naturalism were true then scientific reasoning itself could not be trusted. Victor Reppert believes that Lewis's arguments have been too often dismissed. In C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea Reppert offers careful, able development of Lewis's thought and demonstrates that the basic thrust of Lewis's argument from reason can bear up under the weight of the most serious philosophical attacks. Charging dismissive critics, Christian and not, with ad hominem arguments, Reppert also revisits the debate and subsequent interaction between Lewis and the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. And addressing those who might be afflicted with philosophical snobbery, Reppert demonstrates that Lewis's powerful philosophical instincts perhaps ought to place him among those other thinkers who, by contemporary standards, were also amateurs: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and Hume. But even more than this, Reppert's work exemplifies the truth that the greatness of Lewis's mind is best measured, not by his ability to do our thinking for us, but by his capacity to provide sound direction for taking our own thought further up and further in.

Darwin s DNA

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel Dennett Daniel Dennett breaks his book up into three sections: the first deals with exactly what Darwin's dangerous idea is; the second section more or less examines ...

Darwin s DNA


Darwin s DNA A Brief Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel Dennett Daniel Dennett breaks his book up into three sections: the first deals with exactly what Darwin's dangerous idea is; the second section more or less examines ...

Darwin s DNA  A Brief Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy


Darwin s DNA A Brief Introduction to Evolutiionary Philossophy

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel Dennett Daniel Dennett breaks his book up into three sections: the first deals with exactly what Darwin's dangerous idea is; the second section more or less examines ...

Darwin s DNA  A Brief Introduction to Evolutiionary Philossophy


Darwin s Dangerous Idea with Daniel Dennet

Dennett stands as the sharpest, cleverest, most stylish prober of issues of human consciousness (and) evolutionary theory. Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Enquirer.

Darwin s Dangerous Idea with Daniel Dennet

A single great idea: the theory of natural selection. With it, Charles Darwin shattered existing notions of the natural world by demonstrating how complexity could arise as a result of a blind and mechanistic sorting process, without an "intelligent designer". Now, join Daniel Dennett as he illuminates the radical nature of Darwin's dangerous idea. Setting his stage, Dennett illustrates why skeptics insist that beyond "gradual change" evolution must require something supernatural to do the "heavy lifting" of design--miraculous "lifters" which Dennett calls "skyhooks". Instead, Dennett demonstrates that we don't need miracles or "skyhooks" because evolution gives us "cranes": from sexual reproduction, to multi-cellularity, to language, he illustrates how cranes are new designs which themselves have evolutionary explanations and which, once they exist, become the tools to create previously impossible designs -from birds and humans, to ideas and culture. Next, Dennett turns to the "memetic revolution", and proposes how memes (the cultural analog of genes) can explain the extraordinary phenomenon of human culture. In surprising fashion, he cites Toxoplasma Gondi and brain fluke parasites (which cause suicidal behaviour in their hosts) to suggest why we don't need "skyhooks" to account for uniquely human attributes. He demonstrates how morality, ethics, the appreciation of beauty, or the willingness to die for an ideology are ideas (memes) which have, like parasites hijacking the human brain, superceded the strict imperative of reproductive success. Daniel Dennett's provocative, and highly entertaining presentation will inspire your students think about the natural world and the nature of human beings in surprising new ways. Dennett stands as the sharpest, cleverest, most stylish prober of issues of human consciousness (and) evolutionary theory. Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Enquirer.

Biolinguistics

Dennett has gone on to popularize this theme as the “ Chomsky contra Darwin ” debate in a book called Darwin's Dangerous Idea , nominated for the National Book Award . So now this takes us to the last of the five third - culture ...

Biolinguistics

Argues that biology plays a more central role in language acquisition than teaching or learning.

Darwin s DNA An Illustrated Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy

Having highlighted the power of Darwin's dangerous idea still further, Dennett turns his attention to morality and evolution. Are sociobiologists being greedy reductionists by reducing morality to a product of evolution?

Darwin s DNA  An Illustrated Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy


DARWIN S FINCHES

Part one.

DARWIN S FINCHES


Darwins Historical Sketch

Darwin had learned from Isidore's Vie about Goethe's idea of “balancement” (the idea that if some structure of an animal or plant gets larger through time, this enlargement is offset by a reduction in some ... Darwin's Dangerous Idea.

Darwins Historical Sketch

Curtis Johnson examines Charles Darwin's "Historical Sketch," creating profiles of the great thinkers writing before and during Darwin's lifetime.

Evolution An Introductory Text

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by DanielDennett Daniel Dennett breaks his book up into three sections: the first deals with exactly what Darwin's dangerous idea is; the second section more or less examines ...

Evolution  An Introductory Text

This is an introductory text on Darwinian evolution and natural selection, which includes an overview of evolutionary theory and a key papers on the subject.

You re Nose Is in My Crotch and Other Things You Shouldn t Know about Darwin s Dangerous Idea

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot ), original and musing book reviews of "Darwin's dangerous idea: evolution and the meanings of life.

You re Nose Is in My Crotch  and Other Things You Shouldn t Know about Darwin s Dangerous Idea

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot ), original and musing book reviews of "Darwin's dangerous idea: evolution and the meanings of life." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Reflecting on Darwin

1 Richard Dawkins, The Genius of Charles Darwin, Part 1 'Life, Darwin and Everything' (Channel 4, 2008). 2 This quote occurs fairly early in 'Darwin's Dangerous Idea', the first episode in the TV documentary miniseries Evolution (PBS ...

Reflecting on Darwin

Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, Reflecting on Darwin poses the following questions: 'How are the apparatuses in the mid-nineteenth century and at the turn of the twenty-first century interconnected with bio-scientific paradigms in art, literature, culture and science?' 'How are naturalism, determinism and Darwinism - the eugenics of the nineteenth century and the genetic coding of the twentieth century - positioned, embodied and staged in various media configurations and media genres?' and 'How have particular media apparatuses formed, displaced or stabilized the various concepts of humankind in the framework of evolutionary theory?' Ranging from the early circulation of Darwin’s ideas to the present, this interdisciplinary collection pays particular attention to Darwin’s postmillennial reception. Beginning with an overview of the historical development of contemporary ecological and ethical fears, Reflecting on Darwin then turns to Darwin’s influence on contemporary media, neo-Victorian literature and culture, science fiction literature and film, and contemporary theory. In examining the plurality of ways in which Darwin has been rewritten and reappropriated, this unique volume both mirrors and inspects the complexity of recent debates in Victorian and neo-Victorian studies.

Freedom Evolves

In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

Freedom Evolves

Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers “yes!” Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original arguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.