"Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect" by Matthew D. Lieberman

  • December 5, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Our next book club selection is "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect" by Matthew D. Lieberman.

In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter.  Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world – other people and our relation to them. 

We have a unique ability to read other people’s minds, to figure out their hopes, fears, and motivations, allowing us to effectively coordinate our lives with one another.  And our most private sense of who we are is intimately linked to the important people and groups in our lives.

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  • Nancy W.

    The book was excellent and thought provoking. Well written, well researched and raised interesting points about the "social "self.

    December 6, 2013

  • Julia K.

    I will have to miss this one... but hope the group can share some top insights afterwards. Sandy, I also would not mind having a meet-up and martini combo at some point, especially when our group is on the smaller side:) Enjoy tomorrow!

    December 4, 2013

  • Erik N.

    Could this also be done on another night of the week? Perhaps a Sat or Sun afternoon?

    November 29, 2013

    • Anastasia P.

      I'll bring it up at the next meet-up. In the past, however, moving the day proved to be challenging.

      December 4, 2013

    • Nancy W.

      For my 2 cents, this time works fine. I would be unlikely to make the weekend dates.

      December 4, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    I will be there but wont get there till 7:30 because of work...sorry!

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Anastasia P.

      Nancy, just look for signs or ask them because the book store said they may have to move our location due to some event at the store. ~Anastasia

      December 4, 2013

    • Nancy W.

      Thanks! will do

      December 4, 2013

  • Sandy

    I will also be running late and will slip in quietly after 7:00. Where might you move to if store has another event? Is it possible to sit near the window at California Kitchen so that Nancy and I (and others) who may be running late can see you instead of going to bookstore and looking for signs redirecting us? We can plan on ordering a pizza to share. Also, PF Changs makes a great key lime pie martini...very inspiring :)

    December 4, 2013

    • Anastasia P.

      I like your idea, Sandy. My concern is that people will not know where to find us since this would be a short-notice change and not everybody gets their meet-up updates on time. We can discuss this as an option for some future events, perhaps? The bookstore will still accommodate us tomorrow, it just may be a different corner or the lower floor.

      December 4, 2013

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