Daniel Dennet, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Dennett discusses a wide range of topics in this book, many of which I have some familiarity with due to my background as a working scientist (here is a link to my published papers), professor, and at the time of my retirement, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior at Emory University. I will hold off making any comments about my overall impressions of this book until after we have had a chance to get together to discuss it. However, as I was reading the book I was frequently thinking to myself that some topics did not seem to be described in a manner that would allow a reader with little or no background knowledge to fully understand what was being discussed. Perhaps I am wrong about this judgment, but in any case I am going to attempt to write up a few short tutorials about topics mentioned in the book and post them here. Not sure how many of these I will get to or how fast I will complete them so I will attach them individually as separate comments (scroll below to ‘replies’) to this post as they are completed. I welcome others with knowledge about these topics, or specific questions they would like to have addressed, to post their own comments to this post.
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