[Netherlands] The Erasmus Prize is awarded annually to someone who is making an extremely important contribution to culture, society or a social science field. The theme of this year’s €150,000 award is the cultural significance of the natural sciences, and the 2012 Prize is being awarded to American philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Dr. Dennett is being honored for his ability to translate the cultural importance of science and technology to a wide audience.
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In its choice of laureates, the Erasmus board emphasizes tolerance, cultural diversity, and non-dogmatic and critical thinking. Participants in the Brights movement are aware that Professor Dennett has been a vocal supporter of the Brights. You can read Dennett’s bio on the Brights’ site.