Book Discussion on Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Professor Dennett talked about his book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, published by Viking. He analyzed the… read more

Professor Dennett talked about his book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, published by Viking. He analyzed the purpose of religion and described religion as a cultural phenomenon that was developed by natural, evolutionary processes to explain material phenomenon. He also challenged the idea that belief in religion is an outgrowth of supernatural forces. After his presentation he answered audience members' questions.

Professor Dennett also wrote Consciousness Explained and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Mar 19, 2006
Last Aired:
Apr 30, 2006

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  • Mar 19, 2006 | 12:44am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 26, 2006 | 12:44pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 30, 2006 | 3:44am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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