ponders life's big questions with philosopher Dan Dennett
a Professor and Philosopher at Tufts University, Dr. Daniel
C. Dennett ponders life's really big questions for a living.
In this profile, Alan Alda sits down with the distinguished
academic to discuss some of the issues that might keep some
of us awake at night.
The human mind, consciousness and evolution are topics that
particularly intrigue Dennett, who often collaborates with
scientists who research these fields.
How can human consciousness spring from the billion separate
neurons that make up the brain? Does the theory of natural
selection undermine spirituality? Though Dennett’s detractors
claim his ideas rob us of our "higher purpose",
says a strictly scientific view of the world is actually life-
Dennett tells Alan, “the truth is much more fascinating and
much more awe-inspiring.”
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