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Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett
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Feb 07, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 26 to February 07, 2012

Sometimes I feel like I give too many books five stars. Dennett's work here does deserve it, though. As an exposition explaining the ins and outs of evolution by natural selection, it would be a remarkable piece of clarity and lucidity--among the best that I've read. But it doesn't stop there. Dennett connects Darwin's idea of natural selection to a dizzying amount of philosophical views, both the incipient and those well in decline, and explains how natural selection, or neo-Darwinism, now really should shape our understanding in each respective area. He touches on fields ranging from artificial intelligence, cognitive science, game theory, ethics, physics, aesthetics, and many more. At times it can become difficult, but never overly so. 500+ pages and it never becomes a bore or a chore to read.

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