West Metro Critical Thinking Club

TITLE: Not so Smart After All - Biases and Flaws in How Our Brains Observe and Make Sense of the World

Our brain is an amazing byproduct of evolutionary pressures. It is a tool that has enabled us to not only survive, but to thrive in incomprehensible ways. But like any tool it has its quirks and limitations. Research by economists, psychologists, and neuroscientists continue to reveal insights into how our brains collect and process information. That same research has also uncovered some curious "bugs" in our software that are key to understanding the breadth of human behavior... the good, the bad, and the ugly.

SPEAKER: Keefe Russell is a mechanical engineer and amateur musician living and working in the Twin Cities. He has entered and completed 9 marathons including qualifying for and finishing the 2006 Boston Marathon. His drive to understand how things work jumped from mechanics to psychology and critical thinking after reading the Popular Mechanics book "Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts".

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  • Lee S.

    Excellent presentation discussing common flaws and biases, everyone contributed with considerable Q&A, several references to books especially "Predictably Irrational" and "Thinking Fast & Slow"

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's my first meeting so I am not a member

    September 17, 2012

  • Lee S.

    Our policy is if you have attended one meeting that makes you a member and as a member you can speak on any topic you like....I do not recall meeting you...are you a member? will you be at the next meeting this coming Saturday the 22nd? ... if so see me and I'll schedule you for Dec 22nd. Lee Salisbury

    September 17, 2012

    • Charles G. N.

      I paln on the 22nd, Lee! Thank you for the 'head's-up

      September 17, 2012

  • Vaughn K.

    I, as a conspiracy factualist, would LOVE to debate you on the conspiracy behind 9/11 and who are ultimately responsible. Can you set up at time and date for us to debate? Let me know.

    Vaughn K.

    September 16, 2012

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