American philosopher of mind Daniel C. Dennett’s early years read like something straight out of an adventure book. The son of an academic and an English teacher, he grew up in Winchester Massachusetts, where his grandfather was the town doctor. As WWII erupted, Dennett’s father’s knowledge of the Middle East landed him a role as a spy in Beirut, where he stayed on working after the war ended. It was in Beirut that Dennett spent his early childhood, until his father’s plane was shot down...
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