Monday, May 14, 2012

Two free talks this week

Claudia brought two Cambell Hall events this week to my attention. Both are FREE for students

David Eagleman
Monday, May 14 @ 8:00 PM , Campbell Hall
Incognito – The Secret Lives of the Brain

“The Malcolm Gladwell of brain science.” The Independent (U.K.)

“Original and provocative… A smart, captivating book that will give you a prefrontal workout.” Nature

If the conscious mind – the part you consider you – accounts for only a fraction of the brain’s function, what is the rest of it doing? It’s a question neuroscientist David Eagleman has spent years researching and which he’ll explore in a witty and enlightening talk filled with startling new discoveries. Author of the New York Times best-seller, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, he’ll take us into the depths of the subconscious to illuminate some of our deepest mysteries, such as why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And why does the conscious mind know so little about itself?

Jonah Lehrer
Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 8:00 PM, Campbell Hall
Imagine – How Creativity Works

Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the College of Creative Studies

Best-selling author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist

“Jonah Lehrer’s new book [Imagine] confirms what his fans have known all along – that he knows more about science than a lot of scientists and more about writing than a lot of writers.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Did you know that brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output? In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer takes an exhilarating look at how we can use the latest science to unleash our imaginations – and make our companies and culture more creative. He argues that creativity is not a gift possessed by the lucky few but a variety of thought processes we all can learn to use more effectively. Lehrer is the author of How We Decide and a contributing editor at Wired. Get your tickets early – his talk sold out when he was last here!

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