Events

Authors@MIT

Apr
3
Mon
Whiplash, Joi Ito @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Joi Ito Discussion with Robert Langer

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, in
conversation with Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor in MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, discussing Ito’s new book, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 3, at the Bookstore.

The future will run on an entirely new operating system. It’s a major upgrade, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The logic of a faster future oversets the received wisdom of the past, and the people who succeed will be the ones who learn to think differently. In Whiplash, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe distill that logic into nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period.

Eventbrite - Joi Ito in discussion with Robert Langer, Whiplash

May
9
Tue
The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman @ The MIT Press Bookstore
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Steven Sloman, Discussion with Drazen Prelec

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Steven Sloman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, in conversation with Drazen Prelec, Professor of Management Science and Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, discussing Steven Sloman’s new book, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9, at the Bookstore.

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. In The Knowledge Illusion, 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. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us.

Of Related Interest – From the February 27th issue of the New Yorker:

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
‘New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.’

By Elizabeth Kolbert