The Evolution of Denial: Book Presentation by Author Ajit Varki

Author and scientist Ajit Varki will be dsicussing his new book Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind at Warwick's. (More information about the book below.) Is our capacity to self-deceive an evolutionary advantage? What does this mean for Enlightenment values? I've had him as a lecturer in class so I can vouch for extreme interestingness!

If you can stay, we can retire to the Living Room for coffee, or Karl Strauss for a beer, depending on what the group would like. Do note, parking in La Jolla can be difficult so give yourself time! I will be sitting by the door at Warwick's with a red SDNA sign; if you can't find us, call me at[masked]-3524. Also if you can't make the talk but want to socialize after, call me and I can let you know where we ended up.

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  • Ann

    If you attended and enjoyed this presentation, you'll also be interested in attending the lecture this friday at the Salk Institute on Theory of Mind:­

    October 15, 2013

  • Debbie A.

    Sounds phenomenal. Wish I could come. I'm flying to Philadelphia for an atheist conference.... I am definitely interested in these kind of events!!

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Michael R.

      Is that who I think it is next to you in that photo? I'm so jealous.

      September 13, 2013

  • Ann

    The place is filling up! Jim and are are in the back row. Please make sure to say hello!

    September 11, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Standing room only! Some of us in the back. We're going to the Living Room afterward, call me if you want to find us after. [masked]

    September 11, 2013

    • Michael R.

      Thank you for volunteering someone to give me a ride home. I had no idea that you were so busy. I hope to one day be as efficient as you are. I'm so wasteful with my time.

      September 13, 2013

  • Hooman

    "Humans are irrationally optimistic."
    "Reality denial."
    "Theory of mind."

    2 · September 11, 2013

    • Michael R.

      This jargon made it difficult for the audience to grasp the depths of empathy that we all accidentally out-grow in order to endure the horrors of reality.

      September 13, 2013

  • Hooman

    Thanks for inviting. This was quite interesting. Sorry I couldn't connect with you guys at the cafe.

    September 11, 2013

  • Marci

    Fascinating topic!! As a semi-retired psychotherapist and faculty member teaching psychiatric nursing and psychology, denial is of such importance, whether professionally or personally. Was lucky enough to observe what happened to a person who couldn't deal with his behavior in a life-threatening situation. This also occurs in "K-Pax" movie, with unfortunate results. The message appears to be that a person cannot hear certain things until he or she is fully ready.

    1 · September 8, 2013

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