Daniel Dennett/ Kristina Musholt

This event is jointly organised with the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE

Wednesday 20 March 2013, 12.30-2pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE 

Daniel Dennett, University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Homo sapiens is the first species of intelligent designers to evolve by natural selection, a cascade of processes that works without any help from an intelligent designer. How was this possible? Cultural evolution is the key innovation; it began as a purely Darwinian process of natural selection of memes, but has spawned successor processes of invention that are ever less Darwinian, ever more foresighted and purposeful.