Daniel Dennett/ Christian List

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This event is jointly organised with the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Thursday 23 May 2013, 6.30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

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

Christian List, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, LSE

In this lecture, one of the world’s most original thinkers showed how he designs, uses, and dismantles the thinking tools that have illuminated his theories of meaning, mind, and evolution. The big difference between human minds and the minds of other animals is our equipping ourselves with literally hundreds of thinking tools—cultural software that we install in our brains much the way we download Java applets to our laptops and smart phones. Some of these tools are as simple as labels or metaphors, and others are sophisticated intuition pumps—persuasion-machines that can delude us if we’re not careful.