Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview

These are some excerpts from an interview with Daniel Dennett. The series are titled Understanding Genetics. Points of View. Source: www.thetech.org/genetics.

Questions are very much related with the content of two of the Books written by Dennett: ‘Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life’ and ‘Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon’.

  • Part 1: What is it about Darwin’s Idea that is so dangerous?

  • Part 2: You’ve described the design of natural selection as “brilliant” but “mindless”. Can you explain?

Orgel’s Second Rule: Evolution is cleverer than you are. Francis Crick (British molecular biologist, 1916-2004 ) quoted by Daniel C. Dennett in Elbow Room (1984).

  • Part 3: How do you explain evolution to skeptics? How can you convince them? Can you?

There exist more parts of this interview but as they are more related to religions I haven’t added them here.

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