Human beings, Mr. Dennett said, quoting a favorite pop philosopher, Dilbert, are “moist robots.”
“I’m a robot, and you’re a robot, but that doesn’t make us any less dignified or wonderful or lovable or responsible for our actions,” he said. “Why does our dignity depend on our being scientifically inexplicable?”
Attention moist robots: Daniel Dennett will be at LIVE from the NYPL next week with fellow philosopher Jim Holt talking about how we answer life’s most fundamental questions.
And, according to today’s Times (quoted above), Dennett isn’t just a fascinating philosopher, he also knows his way around a boat, too.