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Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett
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Feb 28, 2011

it was amazing

In his wonderful, philosophical examination of the innumerable nuances of one of the great ideas in science, Dennett answers two profound questions that pertain to life: how could evolution have really produced us in all our intelligence and creativity, and what does such a possibility do to our understanding of meaning, beauty, and consciousness? Dennett makes a convincing case for the power of incremental change guided by the rigors of existence to create qualitative leaps in design complexity and by so doing, illuminates the deep power of algorithms. Remarkably, he shows that meaning and intelligence can flow from utter simplicity and does not rob the creation of the universe of its beauty despite its unreliance on the guiding hand of the divine.

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