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CANCELLED: Timothy Caulfield on "Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety"

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Speaker Series | Healthcare

Relax Dammit Book Cover
Date: Tuesday April 28, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor - Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, and Research Director - Health Law Institute, University of Alberta; Host and Co-Producer, A User's Guide to Cheating Death TV Series on Netflix; Bestselling Author

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Topic: "Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety" (by Timothy Caulfield for Allen Lane, Apr. 28, 2020)
Venue:

Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St George Street

Location: Toronto
Cost: $31.68 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "Relax, Dammit!" and 1 seat for the talk)
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Book Synopsis: This book is an entertaining and practical guide to getting through the day with less stress and better health, from the Host of the hit Netflix series A User's Guide to Cheating Death. We make a ridiculous number of decisions every day--possibly even thousands. We make decisions about when to wake up, how to brush our teeth, what to have for breakfast, how to get our kids to school, the amount of coffee to drink, and on and on.

Making so many decisions is tough. It can cause stock analysts to perform progressively worse over the course of a day. It can lead us to make poor decisions about the food we eat--the more brain fatigue we experience, the more junk food we consume. And the more deliberate the decision--that is, the more we need to think about it--the more fatiguing the process. There are many social forces at work that make how and what we choose an unnecessarily anxious process. But it doesn't have to be.

In Relax, Dammit!, Health Policy Expert Timothy Caulfield takes us through a regular day--from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep--and shows the underlying science behind our actions and habits. What he reveals is that we make decisions that are based, to a lesser or greater extent, on misinformation. Whether he's studying cell phone use, bike commuting, or raw-milk cheese consumption, Caulfield shows that many of the things we believe to be healthier, safer, or just better, simply aren't. With solid grounding in current and reliable scientific findings, the author points to a less stressful way forward--which means we can all afford to relax a lot more.

Insightful, sometimes controversial, and always entertaining, Relax, Dammit! is a surprising and liberating guide to modern life.

About Our Speaker: Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science, and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness, and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. Caulfield also has a strong social media presence and is the Host and Co-Producer of the documentary TV series, A User's Guide to Cheating Death.

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Megan Murphy, (416) 978-6122


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