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Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

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Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).

Philosopher and scientist Dan Dennett argues that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes and are not what we traditionally think they are. His 2003 book Freedom Evolves explores the way our brains have evolved to give us -- and only us -- the kind of freedom that matters, while 2006's Breaking the Spell examines religious belief through the lens of biology.

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Daniel Dennett

I'm an author and philosopher of mind and cognitive science bio from Twitter

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  • Caught in The Pulpit
  • Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
  • Breaking the Spell

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