Distinguished Arts and Science Professor, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
|Dennett über Szientismus
„It's an all-purpose, wild-card smear. It's the last refuge of the sceptic. When someone puts forward a scientific theory that they really don't like, they just try to discredit it as »scientism«. But when it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town.“
Byrnes, Sholto (2006): “When it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town”. New Statesman 10 April
no polite way to say: »With all due respect, sir, have you considered
the possibility that you have blighted your whole life with a fantasy
and are polluting the minds of defenseless children with dangerous
nonsense?« There is no polite way in saying it. But what if it's true?”
Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 Salk Institute for Biological Studies October 31 - November 2, 2007 La Jolla, CA
|"The argument for design, I think,
has always been the best argument for the existence of God and when
Darwin comes along, he pulls the rug out from under that."
"Religions at their best serve as excellent social organizers. They make moral teamwork a much more effective force than it otherwise would be. This, however, is a two-edged sword. Because moral teamwork depends to a very large degree on ceding your own moral judgment to the authority of the group. And that can be extremely dangerous, as we know."
Spiegel Interview with evolution philosopher Daniel Dennett: "Darwinism Completely Refutes Intelligent Design" – Spiegel Online, Dezember 26, 2005
|Matt Donnelly, 12. Dezember 2005: "Do you believe
in God?", Science and Theology News
"No. There is no concept of God that strikes me as remotely worthy of belief."
the beginning, there were no reasons; there were only causes. Nothing
had a purpose, nothing had so much as a function; there was no
teleology in the world at all."
Consciousness Explained. Boston 1991. S.173
"Mother Nature (the process of natural selection) is famously myopic and lacking in goals."
Consciousness Explained. Boston 1991. S.175
"We're all zombies." & "It would be an act of desperate intellectual dishonesty to quote this assertion out of context!" – Consciousness Explained. Boston 1991. S. 406
|"The chief beauty of the theory of natural
selection is that it shows us how to eliminate this intelligent
Artificer from our account of origins."
"Evolution, Error and Intentionality" in Y. Wilks and D. Partridge, eds, Sourcebook on the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, New Mexico University Press 1988.
|Not all scientists and
philosophers are atheists.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 18
A scholar is just a library's way of making another library.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 346
I think that there are no forces on this planet more dangerous to us all than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 516