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The Evolution of Purposes - Presented by Prof Daniel Dennett

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Uploaded on Nov 18, 2011

In his talk, Professor Dennett discusses the following:

Before there was life on Earth, there were no purposes, no reasons. Things just happened. How could purposes emerge from such purposeless conditions?
Looking back at the evolution of life on the planet, we can now see -- if only dimly -- the patterns that led to the exquisite functional organisations of matter that living forms exhibit. We human beings are the only living things that can represent these reasons, and comprehend them, but that does not make them illusory.

Recorded at the Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne on 15 November 2011.

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