Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, a “new atheist”, one of the so called “The Four Horsemen.” Prof. Dennett was invited to the 2006 meeting of the “Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival” conference, but just a week before it started he suffered a heart attack. After a few days of recovery he wrote a letter to be read at the conference. This is the video of Paul Churchland reading that Dan’s letter.
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For more than three decades, almost from its inception, the field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been taking a turn toward and embracing various aspects of mindfulness meditation, mindfulness practices and mindful living such as the development of MBCBT / Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, ACT and others. REBT-CBT relates to mindfulness, and mindfulness relates to gratitude and acceptance. In his letter (as read by Paul Churchland) Prof. Dennet expresses gratitude and acceptance in as lovely and profound a way as I have rarely heard. Not too shabby for a card-carrying atheist, especially one that looks surprisingly like Santa Claus! 😉
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