DARWIN AND THE EVOLUTION OF REASONS By Daniel C. Dennett

DANIEL C. DENNETT is a philosopher; University Professor, Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University; Author, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

“meme’s are software viruses”

10,000 years ago: human population plus livestock and pets was approximately 0.1% of terrestrial
vertebrate biomass.  Today: 98%!

Over billions of years, on a unique sphere, chance has painted a thin covering of life–complex,
improbable, wonderful and fragile. Suddenly we humans . . . have grown in population,
technology, and intelligence to a position of terrible power: we now wield the paintbrush. –
Paul MacCready


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