Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins - This Week (10/3 & 4)

PINKER

International House

1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Thursday, October 4th
6.00pm


From the dust jacket: "The Stuff of Thought" is a revelation. In this exhilarating new book, Steven Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves. How does a mind that evolved to think about rocks and plants and enemies think about love and physics and democracy? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphors start a war, impeach a president, or win an election? Why do people impose taboos on topics like sex, excretion, and the divine? Pinker answers all these questions and many, many more. He shows us that language really can tell us unexpected and fascinating things about ourselves.


DAWKINS
International House

1414 E. 59th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60637

Thursday, October
4th 6.00pm

Richard Dawkins will read from and discuss his most recent work, The God Delusion. A renowned evolutionary biologist, Dawkins' books had a profound influence on modern society, influencing and shaping the popular discourse on any number of scientific matters. Of late he has been most closely connected to a strongly atheistic secular humanism. The God Delusion lays out his arguments against organized religion, pulling examples from history as well as our more modern struggles as evidence of religion's oftentimes pernicious influence. An interesting work, this is an event not to be missed.
This event is free and open to the public, but the room holds only 80 - so arrive early! No pre-reserved spots. Sponsored by the famous Coop Bookstore chain in Hyde Park.

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