Daniel C. Dennett III, (March 28, 1942 - Present)

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  • Content and Consciousness

    Content and Consciousness
    After receiving a D.Phil (comparable to a PhD, in the United States), from the University of Oxford, Dennett used his philosophical thesis as the foundation of his first published work. Dennett, Daniel. "Content and Consciousness." Routledge, 2010.
  • Center for Cognitive Studies - Tuft University

    Center for Cognitive Studies - Tuft University
    Dennett became a Professor at Tuft University in 1971. In 1985, he became the Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and still is today.
  • Cog, the Robot

    Cog, the Robot
    Dennet, in coordination with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, attempted to create a robot, that was intelligent. They named it Cog. Although it was purely an experiment, they were trying to asses these main ideas: what we know, what we think we can build, and what we think doesn't matter. It was an experiment that was supposed to involve mistakes, so that we can learn more about ourselves.
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea

    Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    In this book he explains about the views of why people thought this idea was dangerous. Philosophically, it has been shown that people are fearful of change, and with this people often have dangerous reactions because of this fear. Darwin's theory of natural selection revolutionized the theory of evolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv1MMX9Z9s4.
    Dennet, Daniel. "Darwin's Dangerous Idea." Simon & Schuster, 1995.
  • From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

    From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
    In this book by Bennett, he speaks about "competence without comprehension." He speaks about top-down comprehension - knowing what you want and how to achieve it. Although machines have made leaps and bounds when it comes to progress, Dennett states in his book that he doesn't ever think that machines will every truly be "intelligent." Dennett, Daniel. "From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds." Academic Studies Press, 2017.