Daniel Clement Dennett III

  • Born

    Daniel Clement Dennett III was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ruth Marjorie and Daniel Clement Dennett Jr.
  • Phillip Exeter Academy

    Phillip Exeter Academy
    Graduates from Phillip Exeter Academy, one of the oldest boarding school's in the country.
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    Wesleyan University

    Spends one year at Wesleyan University before transferring to Harvard.
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    Harvard University

    Spends the rest of his undergraduate education at Harvard where he graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
  • Doctors of Philosophy

    Graduates from the University of Oxford with his Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy.
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    University of California, Irvine

    Was a professor at the University of California, Irvine.
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    Tufts University

    He has been a professor at Tufts University since 1971
  • Consciousness Explained

    Consciousness Explained
    His book, Consciousness Explained, was published. This book explains how consciousness comes to be from both physical and cognitive interactions in the brain.
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea

    Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    the book Darwin's Dangerous Idea is published. This book explains how the brain is influenced and ideas evolve due to natural selection.
  • Jean Nicod Award

    Dennett was awarded this for his lecture, Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness. This award is presented to leading philosophers of the mind or cognitive scientists
  • Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

    Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
    The book is published. It dives into the idea that religion is not above scientific questioning, and how this questioning could further our knowledge into the future of religion.
  • Erasmus Award

    Erasmus Award
    Awarded by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for making exceptional contributions to culture, society, or social science in Europe or the entire world.
  • "Dangerous Ideas"

    Dennett explains how ideas such as religion and world views are all evolutionary traits of the brain. He also explains why Artificially Intelligent robots are not something we should be trying to create.
  • Still Kickin'

    As of the posting of this timeline, Daniel C. Dennett is still alive and employed by Tufts University.