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Dennett & Pinker (an evening eavesdropping)

Daniel C. Dennett




Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking


in conversation with


Steven Pinker


Tickets ($5.00) HERE.


Tuesday, May 7, 6pm
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome philosopher and Tufts University professor DANIEL C. DENNETT and cognitive scientist STEVEN PINKER for a discussion of Mr. Dennett's new book, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking.

Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun.

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built.

Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions."

A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.


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  • Harold

    I also could not get a ticket. Doooh!

    May 7, 2013

  • Sabin

    I am sorry I can not attend this event. I do not have a ticket.

    May 7, 2013

  • beth

    I go IF I can get a ticket, (it's sold out though!)

    May 6, 2013

  • Steve Gluck § (.

    Don't forget to buy your tickets! :)

    April 24, 2013

    • John B.

      And they can be bought where...??

      April 25, 2013

    • Steve Gluck § (.

      Right in the event description where it says "Tickets ($5.00) HERE". (That means click on the HERE.)

      April 25, 2013

  • andrzej

    selling his book and charging money for it...? :(

    April 24, 2013

  • John B.

    Will there be cookies?

    April 24, 2013

  • Asad W.

    Anyone know if the event will be recorded?

    April 24, 2013

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