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Daniel Dennett on ‘Cultural Evolution and the Architecture of Human Minds’


Cultural Evolution and the Architecture of Human Minds

As humans, livestock and pets have grown to dominate the world, there has been a growth in both intelligence and technology, changing the power dynamic within the world.

The architecture of human minds, like animal minds, is complex. It is often said that when both animals and humans do inherently good things they know the reasons why… but Professor Dennett argues that this may not always be the case. Dennett argues that we have gone from a world of acting with competence, to competence with comprehension – an understanding of why. This has led to what we know now as culture and an increased sophistication in the world more generally, ultimately leading to a world that is more “user-friendly” for its human leaders.