Dan Dennett on cuteness, sexiness and sweetness
Posted by Martin Poulter on 20 March 2009
In a few hours, philosopher Daniel Dennett will be giving a talk here in Bristol. As a taster, this recently released (and quite short) TED video combines his interests in consciousness and evolution. We might think that sweetness, for example, was “out there” in the world before our senses picked it up. Dennett argues that the experience of sweetness is itself something that has evolved to pick out something that was relevant to the survival of our ancestors. In other words, our internal conscious experience has been shaped by evolution in the same way that our bodies have.