OLLI- Bach Bacteria and Beyond

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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds:

Daniel Dennett's new book looks at the convergence of biology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence to ask what is human intelligence, how can it be instantiated in a brain, and how could such a thing have evolved? We'll take a quick tour of some contemporary ways of looking at the human mind, the brain, and evolution to explore how the features that make us most human, such as enjoying Bach, can find a home in the natural world from which we evolved.

Part of the OLLI Program at Granite Sate College

Meeting 1: Chapters 1 and 2 on the evolution of prokaryotic life and how design without a designer makes us all what we are. Biology Day
Meeting 2: Chapters 3 and 4 on how reasons evolved in natural systems and how Darwin and Turing changed the way we think about them. Cognitive Science Day.
Meeting 3: Chapters 5 and 8 on how the brain can instantiate beings who can wonder and love and know. Neurophysiology Day.

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