Daniel Dennett: Darwin`s Dangerous Idea

Daniel Dennett: Darwin`s Dangerous Idea

Penguin Books

This work assesses Darwin's theory of evolution and looks at why it arises such heated debate among scientists, philosophers and sociologists. The book aims to show that Darwinism does not devalue the miracles of life.



Algorithms don`t have to have points or purposes.

Chapter 2

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There is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination.

Chapter 13

Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders.

If I were to give an award for the single best idea anyone has ever had, I'd give it to Darwin, ahead of Newton and Einstein and everyone else. In a single stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the realm of life, meaning, and purpose with the realm of space and time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law.

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Problems in science are sometimes made easier by adding complications.

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The only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it.

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I love the world so much that I am sure I want to know the truth about it.

There is no future in a sacred myth. Why not? Because of our curiosity.

Part 1


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