Daniel Dennett is a philosophy professor at Tufts University who actively promotes the naturalistic world view through such books as Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. Dennett is a militant atheist who came to prominence in the atheist community following the publication of his antichristian polemic Breaking the Spell, which was widely rejected by people of faith and theologians as arrogant, ignorant, and often factually incorrect.
Dennett is widely regarded by atheists, who dispute the evidence for an intelligent designer, as one of the premier philosophers in the world in the area of consciousness. Dennet's book Consciousness Explained is beloved by those who deny God in favor of a naturalist philosophy of the mind. However, Christian apologists claim he cannot solve real-world questions concerning consciousness. Dennet proposes his initial multiple drafts model of consciousness, where he proposes that there is no single source of consciousness (no conscious qualia), as proposed by many of his contemporaries.
He has been criticized by some of his peers for denying the existence of qualia and sticking with naturalist models of consciousness (he later expanded the multiple drafts model to the fame in the brain model in his 2005 book Sweet Dreams) as he insists that there is no evidence, and that neurological science will, in time, progress to make the idea of qualia, or the source of seemingly inexplicable functions in the mind, obsolete.
New Atheism leaders and problems with being overweight
As noted earlier, the main authors of the New Atheism movement include Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens. The New Atheism movement claims to be pro-science, yet three out of five of these men have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement and PZ Myers has had issues with being overweight. According to medical science, there are a significant number of physical and mental health related problems associated with being overweight. In the late 1990s, Dennet had coronary artery bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery reroutes blood around clogged arteries to enhance blood flow and oxygen to the heart).
Hippocrates, who was also against abortion, was an early advocate of the health benefits of exercise and nutrition. On the other hand, PZ Myers and a significant amount of other New Atheism leaders, seem to lack a full appreciation of the worthiness of nutritional science, exercise science and the latest findings of medical science (see also: Atheism and obesity). As of May 2011, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have not publicly commented on the significant problems the New Atheism leadership has experienced in terms of overweight members.
Dennet's problems with being overweight and medical science's finding on brain impairment
Given that being overweight causes brain impairment and that Daniel Dennet has had issues with being overweight, it is ironic that Dennet's book Consciousness Explained is beloved by those who deny God in favor of a pseudoscience.
Western World evolutionists and atheists often hold to irrational notions such as extraterrestrial life, exobiology, evolution and abiogenesis which are anti-biblical ideas that are that are not supported by sound science. No doubt pseudoscientific and superstitious thinking in many cases is partly due to a lack of self-discipline as rigorous scientific and logical thinking requires disciplined thought. Please see: Irreligion and superstition and Evolution, Liberalism, Atheism, and Irrationality
Lack of a plan to stop decline of global atheism and global agnosticism
Using academic studies, survey data and other information, supporters of the Question evolution! campaign maintain that including Daniel Demnet, there is a lack of sound leadership within the agnostic/atheist and evolutionist communities in dealing with the global decline of atheism and agnosticism.
- http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/102/6/855 On Scientific Thought