University of Calgary

The evolution of reasons

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2012-02-09 10:24.

Feb. 9, 2012

Internationally renowned philosopher, scientist and best-selling author Daniel Dennett will speak at the University of Calgary on Friday as part of the annual Darwin Day lecture held on or around the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

This is an incredible opportunity to hear a larger-than-life evolutionary celebrity. His books, including Breaking the Spell and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, have dealt with such topics as the evolution of consciousness and the biological basis of religion. His work delves into topics such as looking at what distinguishes human minds from animal minds, exploring how free will is compatible with a naturalist view of the world and explaining possible evolutionary reasons for the phenomenon of religious adherence.

View a 2003 TED talk of his research here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness.html

What: Annual Darwin Public Lecture, hosted by the biology and philosophy departments.

When: Fri., Feb.10, 4:30 pm.

Where: University of Calgary, Science Theatres room 140.

Who: Daniel Dennett, internationally renowned philosopher, scientist and best-selling author.