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EXTERNAL EVENT - Daniel Dennett on cultural evolution...daytime though

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) and Forum for European Philosophy (FEP) public lecture

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2013
Time:[masked]pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Daniel Dennett
Chair: Dr Kristina Musholt

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.

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

Kristina Musholt is a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE, and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEevolution

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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  • eeL J.

    I, too, happened to be there, tho thru my philosophy contacts not my atheist ones, so I was unaware of the simultaneous attendance of you guys ...

    March 21, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hi John, A warm welcome to you! Shame we missed you yesterday (I sent out an email about this, but I guess you missed it), hope to meet you soon in any case. There are plenty of events posted on our boards so hopefully you'll find something else to interest you. The debates are especially popular ( next on Apr 10th on free speech), or perhaps the visit to the atheist church/assemby on the 7th ...one with LBA on the 25th about the difficulties of atheism in the black community...plenty more...:-)

      March 21, 2013

  • Andre

    Exquisitely interesting lecture, beautiful pub, lovely company.

    March 20, 2013

  • Derek S.

    It was nice to get to a meetup for a longtime .. And good to see you all too.. And of course to see professor-Daniel Dannett and get to speak to him in person too!

    Del..the infidel.

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • Valentin B.

    I am so happy that I met you guys, I had so much fun today. I must admit though, despite the fact that Sir. Daniel Dannett didn't had the time to expose all his interesting lecture that he planed to the end, it was quite successful. He used a lot of god meme examples that Richard Dawkins wonderfully explain in his book "The Selfish Gene" which I highly recommend to everybody to read. I'm so eager to be in your company again, and enjoy the next event together. Wish you the best.

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • Alan

    Great event and great company afterwards.

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • Adrian

    Excellent and great to hang out in the pub after with cool people both new to the group and some familiar faces too :-)

    4 · March 20, 2013

  • Jason

    Dennett always seems to have something new to say and it's hard to find fault with his thinking. Not afraid to stick his neck out for the unpopular view either. So pleased to have been there today. Great to have a swift half with folks afterwards. Sorry I needed to dash off. Looking forward to the next time.

    4 · March 20, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    Fascinating subject and lecture! (and enjoyed the social afterwards with the group, and meeting our new members, Alan, Valentin, Max and Mark ...sounds like a buybull chapter ;-))

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • chantelle

    Anyone?

    March 20, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hi Chantelle, a warm welcome to the group. We send emails with a contact number out the night before an external/outside event, and I'm afraid we had already left for the meeting by the time you joined/posted your message today so we didn't see it. Did you go? Afterwards we were outside with Daniel Dennet and a banner, so you would have spotted us, ...hope to meet you soon in any case :-)

      March 20, 2013

  • chantelle

    hi... i'm about to set off now. please could you let me know how to find you? i'm on[masked] thanks.

    March 20, 2013

  • Alan

    Are we meeting at Nero or Starbucks? Looking forward to this! I think I've exhausted his videos on YouTube.

    March 19, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hi Alan, welcome to the group. You should have an email from me with details of meeting place (Cafe Nero) and contact number. Look forward to meeting you.

      March 19, 2013

  • Rupert

    Was really hoping to make it tomorrow, but other commitments won't allow :(

    March 19, 2013

  • Jason

    Wherever the intro to this event was cut from it suggests a no ticket, first come first served set up. So I imagine a bit of queuing will be involved. It's term time so we'll be contending with students (cue Paul Calf impersonation). I agree with Andre and Roger. Suggest meet at Caffe Nero 11am with moseying to commence around 11:30. I don't fancy queuing for more than an hour even for DCD.

    March 19, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Yes exactly, queuing for potentially a long time doesn't sound like fun, on the other hand there may be plentry of space...hard to know. I'm trying to find out about the ticket situation. Will revert...

      March 19, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      I called and explained our group and interest, they've said it is a massive theatre of 450 and a daytime event so will be no problem, even if we arrive "by 12 or even later". No podcast either so no chance of hearing it except by being there. See you all at cafe Nero if I can get there, otherwise in the queue around 12.

      March 19, 2013

  • Andre

    Yes, Jason, we can do that. There's a Starbucks a stone's throw from LSE.

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      cheers. look forward to it.

      March 19, 2013

    • Valentin B.

      A contact number would be lovely, thank you Ginny.

      March 19, 2013

  • Jason

    Can I suggest this Caffe Nero (77D Kingsway, London WC2B 6ST) on the corner of Kingsway and Great Queen Street? 200m south of Holburn tube and 400m north of LSE Old Building. It's not the closest but it is large with plenty of seating and their coffee tastes of coffee.

    March 18, 2013

  • Roger

    I was planning to get there at least an hour early - where would you suggest meeting up Jason?

    March 18, 2013

    • Jason

      Hi Roger. LSE seems to have more coffee shops than you can shake stick at but not all will be for the public. I'll suggest something in a tick.

      March 18, 2013

  • Jason

    I think you're right Andre. I'm taking the day off as I don't think a long lunch will cover it and I have something on in the evening anyway. Do you or anyone else fancy meeting up for a coffee well in advance, say 11:00-11:30?

    March 18, 2013

  • Andre

    I'm a bit worried about availability of seats. I think we should try to get there early.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jason

    Dan Dennett in the UK. Fantastic. Will do everything possible to get there.

    1 · March 18, 2013

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  • Andre
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