Since this essay was by Daniel Dennett, my critique will be short and sweet. As we all know, Dennett is one of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism. As such, his words (both written and spoken) are to be taken as not only literal truth, but true for all time and in all situations. If his insights seem to be at odds with our modern sensibilities, we may rest assured that it is our interpretation of Dennett, not Dennett himself, that is mistaken. Therefore, it is our duty to defer to his infallible opinion, and guard against such pride as would cause us to question the great man's wisdom.
If proof of Dennett's exhalted status is needed, one need only refer to his recounting of his miraculous recovery from a dissected aorta. In the face of incredible odds (only 2 out of 3!) and with nothing but the help of the sum total of humanity's hard won medical knowledge and an extended hospital stay, he emerged victorious over death (until such time as old age or some other malady claims him.)
Read his essay, and despair of ever being worthy of the great Dennett's attention. Not one is rational among you, no not one.