Monday, May 13, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Daniel Dennett with George Dyson: Thinking About Thinking Itself

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double feature!

Media Library, Science

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Illustrious, witty, and somewhat-controversial philosopher Daniel Dennett—one of the so-called “four horsemen of the new atheism”—alongside Hitchens, Harris, and Dawkins—not only speaks his mind, but now opens it up for tours. Over a storied career, Dennett, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind, leading to answers that combine rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding—and a fair measure of mischief. In conversation with Bellingham historian of technology George Dyson, Dennett, author of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, shares the “imagination extenders and focus-holders” that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions, from evolution and meaning to mind and free will. Persuading as he educates, Dennett points out pitfalls in arguments as he challenges readers to find still more, and offers delicious opportunities to explore pet ideas with new powers. Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.


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