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Daniel Dennett

Philosophy Professor

Daniel C. Dennett is a philosophy professor at Tufts University, who has made significant contributions to the philosophy of mind. He is the author of Consciousness Explained and a key member of the Brights Movement.
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Daniel Dennett's Opinions

Disagree
...even if mathematicians are superb recognizers of mathematical truth, and even if there is no algorithm, practical or otherwise, for recognizing mathematical truth, it does not follow that the power of mathematicians to recognize mathematical truth is not entirely explicable in terms of their brains executing an algorithm.
29 Sep 1989    Source


Agree
The best reason for believing that robots might some day become conscious is that we human beings are conscious, and we are a sort of robot ourselves. That is, we are extraordinarily complex self-controlling, self-sustaining physical mechanisms, designed over the eons by natural selection, and operating according to the same well-understood principles that govern all the other physical processes in living things...
14 Apr 1994    Source


Disagree
The problem of calculating the proper feedback, generating or composing it, and then presenting it to you in real time is going to be computationally intractable on even the fastest computer, and if the evil scientists decide to solve the real-time problem by pre-calculating and "canning" all the possible responses for playback, they will just trade one insoluble problem for another: there are too many possibilities to store. ...our evil scientists will be swamped by combinatorial explosion...
01 Jan 1991    Source


Disagree
We are all susceptible to the Zombic Hunch, but if we are to credit it, we need a good argument, since the case has been made that it is a persistent cognitive illusion and nothing more. I have found no good arguments, and plenty of bad ones. [The intuition many philosophers have] is the effect of some serious misdirection that has bedeviled communication in cognitive science in recent years.
28 Nov 1999    Source


Agree
We are quite certain that a naturalistic, mechanistic explanation of consciousness is not just possible; it is fast becoming actual. It will just take a lot of hard work of the sort that has been going on in biology all century, and in cognitive science for the last half century.
28 Nov 1999    Source


Disagree
The time has come for us brights to come out of the closet. What is a bright? A bright is a person with a naturalist as opposed to a supernaturalist world view. We brights don't believe in ghosts or elves or the Easter Bunny — or God. We disagree about many things, and hold a variety of views about morality, politics and the meaning of life, but we share a disbelief in black magic — and life after death.
12 Jun 2003    Source


Disagree
For billions of years on this planet, there was a life but no free will. Physics hasn’t changed but now we have free will.
09 Mar 2009    Source


Disagree
There is no privileged center, no soul, no place where it all comes together—aside from the brain itself. ... I have come to realize over the years that the hidden agenda for most people concerned about consciousness and the brain (and evolution, and artificial intelligence) is a worry that unless there is a bit of us that is somehow different, and mysteriously insulated from the material world, we can’t have free will—and then life will have no meaning.
18 Aug 2008    Source


Agree
I listen to all these complaints about rudeness and intemperateness, and the opinion that I come to is that there is no polite way of asking somebody: have you considered the possibility that your entire life has been devoted to a delusion? But that’s a good question to ask. Of course we should ask that question and of course it’s going to offend people. Tough.
22 Jan 2010    Source


Disagree
I’m quite outspoken about my atheism, but I’m also outspoken about my belief that we don’t want to encourage the extinction of religion. We want to encourage its evolution into more benign forms. ... [Atheists want] an opportunity to join with people in a morally meaningful activity. I think that we can take a lot of lessons from religions, which are brilliantly designed to bring people together in just that way, with art and music and ritual, a beautiful building, induction ceremonies.
11 Apr 2010    Source


Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Daniel Dennett and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Daniel Dennett's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Agree
Susan Blackmore
Psychology Lecturer, Former Parapsychologist
100% agreement / 4 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
100% agreement / 3 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Brian Weatherson
Philosophy Professor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Jeff Hawkins
Neuroscientist, Inventor of Palm Pilot
75% agreement / 1 opinions

In-Between
Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
56% agreement / 4 opinions

David Chalmers
Philosophy Professor
41% agreement / 3 opinions

Bruce Sheiman
Author, Atheist
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Sam Harris
Writer, Speaker, Atheism Activist
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Henry Louis Mencken
Journalist
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Bryan Caplan
Economics Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Jessica Alba
Actress, Celebrity, Beauty Icon
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Disagree
William Dembski
Intelligent Design Theorist
0% agreement / 3 opinions

John Searle
Philosophy Professor
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Massimo Pigliucci
Philosopher
0% agreement / 1 opinions

J. R. Lucas
Philosophy Professor
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Martin Gardner
Mathematician, Science Writer
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Daniel Dennett's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Daniel Dennett typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Agree Could a computer ever be conscious?
Low Disagree Do ghosts exist?
Low Disagree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?

Nonconforming Opinions

Daniel Dennett's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Daniel Dennett typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Medium Mostly Disagree Disagree Is free will an illusion?

Projected Opinions

Daniel Dennett's projected opinions are opinions Daniel Dennett is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
Medium Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Medium Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Medium Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Medium Disagree Is truth relative?
Medium Agree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Low Neutral Is a technological singularity likely?
Low Mostly Agree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Low Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
Low Disagree Is censorship acceptable?
Low Disagree Are psychic powers real?
Low Mostly Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Low Disagree Is God just?
Low Agree Is morality objective?
Low Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?