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Philosopher, cognitive scientist Daniel C. Dennett to speak at ETSU

Contributed • Feb 1, 2019 at 5:11 PM

“Darwin’s Strange Inversion of Reasoning and Human Intelligence” is the focus of the keynote address of East Tennessee State University’s Darwin Day observance on Thursday, Feb. 7.

This talk will be given by Dr. Daniel C. Dennett, a renowned philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist, at 7:30 p.m. in the Millennium Center ballroom. A booksigning will be held following the lecture.

Dennett will also appear that day from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum for a booksigning, kicking off the museum’s annual Darwin Day celebration.

Dennett, who resides in Andover, Massachusetts, is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies in the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences.

He also co-founded and co-directed Tufts’ Curricular Software Studio, and helped design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution and both the Museum of Science and the Computer Museum in Boston.

He earned his B.A. in philosophy at Harvard and his D.Phil. at Oxford. Before joining the Tufts faculty, Dennett taught at the University of California at Irvine, and has served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Oxford, the London School of Economics, the American University of Beirut and other institutions.

Dennett’s most recent book, “From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds,” was published in 2018. He is also the author of “Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness,” “Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996,” “Kinds of Minds,” “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea,” “Consciousness Explained” and other works.

Dennett’s appearances at ETSU are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase at both events.

His visit to ETSU is co-sponsored by the Secular Humanist Alliance; departments of Biological Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities and Psychology; Center of Excellence in Paleontology; Buctainment; and Division of Student Affairs.

The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is located 1.8 miles off exit 13 on Interstate 26.

For more information on the evening lecture, contact Carter Warden, ETSU assistant director of Student Activities, at 423-439-6633 or [email protected]

For more information on the Darwin Day Kickoff, contact the Gray Fossil Site and Museum at 423-434-4263 or [email protected]

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