"Wherever there is a design that is highly successful in a broad range of similar environments, it is apt to emerge again and again, independently - the phenomenon known in biology as convergent evolution. I call these designs 'good tricks.'"
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Daniel Dennett on Steve Jobs
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."Daniel Dennett on Walt Disney
"The artist in me cries out for design."Daniel Dennett on Robert Frost
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."Daniel Dennett on Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."Daniel Dennett on Erma Bombeck
"In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate, for the sake of a free society, a level of risk we hardly ever imagined in the past."
"The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it."
"The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!"