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Dennett '06: Religion's a Natural Phenomenon

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Published on Dec 11, 2011

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Lecture: March 14th, 2006

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Dennett is University Professor & Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, & Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives with his wife in North Andover, Massachusetts, & has a daughter, a son, & three grandchildren. He was born in Boston in 1942, the son of a historian by the same name, and received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed the D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the LSE & the American University of Beirut.

His first book, Content and Consciousness, appeared in 1969, followed by Brainstorms (1978), Elbow Room (1984), The Intentional Stance (1987), Consciousness Explained (1991), Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995), Kinds of Minds (1996), and Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996 (MIT Press and Penguin, 1998). Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, was published in 2005 by MIT Press. He co-edited The Mind's I with Douglas Hofstadter in 1981. He is the author of over three hundred scholarly articles on various aspects on the mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral & Brain Sciences to Poetics Today & the Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism

He gave the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young Lectures at Adelaide, Australia, in 1985, & the Tanner Lecture at Michigan in 1986, among many others. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, & a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1987.

He was the Co-founder & Co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, & has helped to design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston, & the Computer Museum in Boston

He spends most of his summers on his farm in Maine, where he harvests blueberries, hay and timber, & makes Normandy cider wine, when he is not sailing. He is also a sculptor

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