From the Skeptics Society Distinguished Lecture Series
Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? If you are free, are you responsible for being free or just lucky? In this lecture based on his latest book, Dan Dennett sets out to answer these questions, showing how we alone among animals, have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. In a series of strikingly original arguments drawing on evolutionar biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics and philosophy, he demonstrates that if we accept Darwin's reasoning, we can build from the simplest life forms all the way up to the best and deepest human thoughts on questions of morality and meaning, ethics and freedom.
Dr. Daniel C. Dennett is Univeristy Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His books include Brainstorms, Elbow Room, Consciousness Explained, and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
"The Ferrari is exactly the same in the human context," says evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad, "as the peacock's tail is on the peacock."
Saad is an evolutionary behavioral scientist at Concordia University and author of the book The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal about Human Nature, in which he argues that most consumer behavior can be explained by evolutionary psychology.
Reason.tv's Zach Weissmueller sat down with Saad to discuss why most Ferrari owners are men, whether or not advertising executives manipulate our minds, the strong political opposition to the evolutionary sciences from across the spectrum, and the evolutionary significance of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back."
About 10 minutes. Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Sharif Matar; edited by Weissmueller.
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