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SE: Daniel Dennett – Religion as a Natural PhenomenonDate:
April 6, 2009
318 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI United States
Southeast Regional Coordinator: Jennifer Beahan
Why do so many people love their religions? How are religions designed, and how do they evolve? If we want to understand how religions will change in the 21st century, we need to understand how they got the way they are today. Dennett will discuss this topic of scientific inquiry, and its importance as a high priority research agenda.
About Daniel Dennett, PhD
Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University
Daniel C. Dennett is a prominent American philosopher whose research centers on the philosophies of mind, of science and of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist and advocate of a social movement that aims to promote public understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic world view. Dennett is the author of Breaking the Spell, Freedom Evolves and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, among other noted works. He authored more than 300 scholarly articles on various aspects of the mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as lectured at Oxford University.