Daniel Dennett

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Daniel Clement Dennett (born March 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts[1][2]) is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board,[3] as well as a prominent advocate of the Brights movement.

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Early life and education

Dennett spent part of his childhood in Lebanon, where, during World War II, his father was a covert counter-intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services posing as a cultural attaché to the American Embassy in Beirut.[4] When he was 5, his mother took him back to Massachusetts after his father died in an unexplained plane crash.[5] His sister is the investigative journalist Charlotte Dennett.[4]

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