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Behavioural Insights Speaker Series @ Rotman - Steven Sloman

12:15-12:59pm check-in; 1:00pm sharp to 2:00pm presentation; 2:00-2:15pm book sale, signing

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Speaker Series

Date: Friday March 31, 2017 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Speaker(s): Steven Sloman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University; Editor in Chief of the journal Cognition; Author
Topic: "The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone" (Riverhead Books, Co-Authored By Philip Fernbach)
Venue: Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $37.00 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "The Knowledge Illusion" and 1 seat for the session)
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Book Synopsis: The key to human intelligence lies in the fascinating ways we think together. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen works. So how have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the people with whom we interact—and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it.  The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and developed genetically modified tomatoes. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individually oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. This book contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us.

Note: Since this will take place at lunch time feel free to bring food and beverage into the auditorium and consume them while you listen to the session.

Series Host:

Questions Daniel Ellul | events@rotman.utoronto.ca | 416-978-6119

Questions?

416-978- 6119 or 416-978-6122

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