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Talking about Darwin’s strange inversion of reasoning

Talking about Darwin’s strange inversion of reasoning

Dan Dennett. Philosopher, cognitive scientist

Dennett argues that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes. 916 more words


The Metaphysics of “A Christmas Carol”

Have you ever seen a ghost? If you did, would you think you were having a hallucination, or would you think you were being visited by the spirit world, whose supernatural beings give off their own eery light? 1,845 more words

Cognitive Science


I don’t think apatheism is a real word. It’s the smashing together of apathy and theism. For me at least, it’s meant to describe an outlook that I think isn’t neatly intended by atheism (a word that shouldn’t actually exist). 961 more words

Fundamental Joeyism

The Materialist Who Means It

Dan Dennett is a materialist. Dualists think that there are two kinds of things in the world—mind and body. Dennett thinks there is only one, and it ain’t mind. 1,711 more words


Carroll on Color

In The Big Picture, Sean Carroll is anxious to reject religious ideas of the immortal soul, and this makes him equally anxious to reject any sort of dualism. 1,648 more words

Cognitive Science

Getting started.

Let’s start with some quotes.

Often the worst thing to do with what looks like a real philosophical question is to answer it. It can get in the way of fuller understanding of what the problem really is and where it comes from.     308 more words

Guest Post

Darwin’s inversion of reasoning? And what about funny?

Darwin’s strange inversion of reasoning

Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn’t expect, as he shares evolution’s counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from… 1,048 more words