Pah. Worthless spammers.

The University, now - my alma mater - pestering me with worthless stuff.

The University is pleased to announce that Professor Daniel C. Dennett, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, is the next speaker in our Enlightenment Lecture Series.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, a fellow of Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dennett is considered one of the pre-eminent philosophers of the 20th/21st century.

His widely-read works include "Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life" (1996), "Freedom Evolves" (2003), and an examination of religious belief, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" (2006).

This event is presented as part of our Enlightenment Lecture Series and is free, but ticketed.You can find out more, and book online at:

I ask you - why on earth would that be of interest to anybody?

*Ticket booked*
  • Current Location: the boxroom
  • Current Mood: pleased
  • Current Music: NMA - Ballad of Bodmin Pill
Dan Dennett is good people and a really good speaker. I've gotten to hear him a few times over the years, and he's always been thought provoking, even when I've eventually decided he's full of crap. I consider him one of the perks of living in Greater Boston.

Prof. Dennett does not, however, always look up when crossing the street. I nearly pasted the SOB not too many months ago as he meandered out into the middle of College Ave. when I was dropping off a package. (Either that or he has a doppelganger with a death wish)
I will be careful if I'm riding my bicycle around then, then.

I've read two or three of his books . . . well, three or four. Or so. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it.
I'll be going to this too. Though Ed uni must be going downhill if their website is anything to go by -- the form allows one to describe one's relationship with the uni as an "alumni". Tsk tsk.
When I worked with the tourism team at Kings College in Cambridge, we used to get people coming to the gate asking if they got free admittance to the Chapel etc because they were 'an alumni'. I used to relish fixing them with a Hard Stare and demanding, "Was Latin not a requirement in your day, then?".
No, it's "status: alumni" rather than "an alumni", isn't it? It's like labelling a lane "Foreign passport holders" even though each individual is only a single holder.
I've just checked and there's actually a worse mistake. The question asked is: "Which of the following most accurately describes you relationship with the University?"

But it's clearly meant as singular; one of the other options is "student" rather than "students".
It's not actually compulsory to be consistent over number on checklists, you know.

It'll be sold out, though. I should pay more attention. Or the Uni should send me more of their worthless spam.
Just managed to book two tickets - its next Friday at New College (which is probably why they still have tickets).
ooooh... wish I could go. I hope you enjoy it and find time to post here about what he has to say.
Thank you. They put audio up, though, so I may manage better than that.
Hurrah! Thankyou for passing on your worthless spam ^_^

*books ticket*

to be fair I suspect you consented to receieving random emails from Edinburgh Uni somewhere along the line (probably completely unknowingly!)so it's not ACTUALLY spam:-)