The Domestication of Wild Religions

That’s the title of a lecture to be given by Daniel Dennett on March 30, 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana. I just love that title. And Dennett is nothing if not interesting. Here are the details for those who are in the area. I wish I was. I hope they post an audio or video file afterwards.


Friday, 4:00 p.m.
Room 112, Gregory Hall
810 South Wright Street, Urbana

Daniel C. Dennett
Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

Daniel Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, will discuss the evolutionary origin of the widespread human disposition that tends to express itself as religiousness. While recognizing that this sort of approach leaves the truth of religious beliefs an open question, Dennett regards it as a contribution to the understanding of the tenacity of the human disposition to religiousness. He seeks to “break the spell” of refusal to think of religiousness as a “natural phenomenon” of which an evolutionary explanation is possible.

Annual Philosophy Public Lecture


Donna Druchunas is a freelance technical writer and editor and a knitwear designer. When she's not working, she blogs, studies Lithuanian, reads science and sci-fi books, mouths off on atheist forums, and checks her email every three minutes. (She does that when she's working, too.) Although she loves to chat, she can't keep an IM program open or she'd never get anything else done.

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  1. I think that only the homophobic guys get freaked out when someone questions them if they sneak a peek. I've snuck a peek before and I'll even ask guys what they're packin. Hey sometimes we guys just need to know what the competition might have…

    Good info for a designer like myself tho, thanks for posting.

  2. This presentation is available on You Tube:

    It's split into several parts, all of which appear in the "related videos" section when you use this link.


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