Daniel C. Dennett is the author of From Bacteria to Bach and Back (2017), Consciousness Explained (1991) and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Simon & Schuster, 1995), and many other books. He lives with his wife in Maine, and has a daughter, a son, and six grandchildren. He was born in Boston in 1942, the son of a historian by the same name, and received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed the D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut. He is currently a member of the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and New College of the Humanities in London.