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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds  

Daniel Dennett's new book, “From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds,” looks at the convergence of biology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence to ask what is human intelligence, how can it be instantiated in a brain, and how could such a thing have evolved? We'll take a quick tour of some contemporary ways of looking at the human mind, the brain, and evolution to explore how the features that make us most human, such as enjoying Bach, can find a home in the natural world from which we evolved. Read and discuss this brand new book about how biology, computer science, and the study of the brain is revealing what we are and how we got that way. Read chapters one and two before the first class. Participants will purchase or borrow "From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds", by Daniel Dennett, ISBN-13: 978-0393242072

 

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