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Sunday, March 12, 2006

18. Daniel Dennett


Wow, where to start. Er the beard maybe? Everything about this man makes me feel like an intellectually stunted mongoose, this guy conjures up thoughts of a latter day Plato, what with his massively bushy facial hair and philosophical incline.

Dennett seems to me to have the right sort of values: an American (boo boo) who, having studied under Gilbert Ryle (woo woo ghosts) at Oxford, developed into some sort of Renaissance Ubermensch, ending up writing "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" (Recommended reading), reprazenting the neo-darwinian front like a bitch who makes Mr Dawkins (yay yay {snore}) look like one of those batties off an American religious hymn special programme thing (you remember, much like Songs Of Praise in concept, but in practise it isn't held in a little church, more likely a massive modern ampitheatre with Ikea wooden lecterns and lots of crazy religious nuts dressed in robes singing Hallefuckingluljah)



I haven't really told you that much about him, instead I'm trying to offer up a little tastette of what you can expect if you were to dip into Dennett. Consciousness, everyone would like that.

Anyway.....
I've been informed that he'll be speaking on BBC Radio 4 at 9.00 am tomorrow morning, "Start The Week" programme, so motivate yourself to get up early for once (I wouldn't usually dream of waking up so early, unless i was either trying to buy tickets for certain anonymous (read gay) music festivals slash gigs stroke BBC breakfast with Natasha Kaplinsky before she got sent away to 6pm news) I know someone already knows how good the BBC radio service can be for little nuggets of philosophical inform (cf Melvyn Bragg {tool} on Wittgenstein was it?) sleep function anyone?
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4 Comments:

At 9:30 AM, Blogger bob said...

dennett is one of the most brilliant philosophers of our age.

he thinks searle is wrong in the old chinese room argument which makes me happy as searle is a batty boy philosopher (ludicrous unfounded passing judgement).

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At 9:41 AM, Anonymous g said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
you loves it
have you read "Darwin's Dangerous Idea"?

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger bob said...

Nope. Do you have a copy? i've read most of consciousness explained and that "kicked philosophical ass"

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous g said...

i bought duncan a copy for his birthday so once he's read it i'll pass it on to you

 

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