Daniel Dennett on Tools to Transform our Thinking

Wednesday 22 May 2013, 8.08am | VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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Daniel Dennett is one of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers. A philosopher and cognitive scientist, he is known as one of the ‘Four Horseman of New Atheism’ along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.

On May 22nd he came to Intelligence Squared to share the insights he has acquired over his 40-year career into the nature of how we think, decide and act. Dennett revealed his favourite thinking tools, or ‘intuition pumps’, that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions. As well as taking a fresh look at familiar moves – Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum – he discussed new cognitive solutions designed for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will.

By acquiring these tools and learning to use them wisely, we can all aspire to better understand the world around us and our place in it.

The Observer

“America’s most important and entertaining philosopher”

The Guardian

“Inspirational for anyone who wants scientifically informed philosophy”
The Observer
“A distinguished philosopher of mind”

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Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett

Philosopher and cognitive scientist at Tufts University, USA. His books include Consciousness ExplainedDarwin’s Dangerous IdeaFreedom Evolves and most recently Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. He is known as one of the ‘Four Horseman of the New Atheism’ along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens