Daniel C. Dennett (born 1942) is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist, presently (2003) employed as Austin B Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.
Dennett's research centres on the philosophy of the mind and cognitive science. He is the author of several major books on evolution and consciousness. He is a leading proponent of the theory known by some as Neural Darwinism.
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Dennett, among others, is discussed in John Brockman's The Third Culture.