Daniel Dennett is one of a few contemporary American philosophers who might fall in the category of "public intellectual." (My students also tend to find his writing quite accessible.) He has a new book out this week, From Bacteria to Bach and Back, that pulls together his lifelong interest in the evolution of the mind: how do "minds" as we understand them work, where did they come from, why? This review from Nature calls the book "a supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work": www.nature.com/nature/journal/v542/n7639/full/542030a.html
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