Topic : Not so Smart After All - Biases and Flaws in How Our Brains Observe and Make Sense of the World
Abstract: 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.
Bio: 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".