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Hunting and Deciding: NYC Event Today With Jonah Lehrer

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From the press release:

Please join us today—Monday, April 20—at 6 p.m., on the 7th floor of 20 Cooper Square, for food, drinks and a conversation with one of the brightest lights in the journalism of ideas: Jonah Lehrer.

Jonah will be discussing a story he wrote last summer for The New Yorker entitled "The Eureka Hunt: Why Do Good Ideas Come To Us When They Do?" That story sprung from his research for his latest book, How We Decide, which was published in February by Houghton Mifflin. Jonah will also be talking about the nexus between his book research, his magazine pieces and his very active blog, called The Frontal Cortex, which focuses on neuroscience. And yes, he'll also be fielding questions about his recent appearance on The Colbert Report.

You can download Jonah's New Yorker story at http://tinyurl.com/66qqhw. You can read his blog at http://scienceblogs.com/cortex.

The editor at large for Seed magazine, Jonah Lehrer is the author of Proust was a Neuroscientist (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) as well as How We Decide. In addition to The New Yorker and Seed, he has written for Nature, Wired, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He is also a contributing editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio's Radio Lab. A Columbia graduate, he also studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. The New York Times called Proust was a Neuroscientist "a precocious and engaging book that tries to mend the century-old tear between the literary and scientific cultures." Publishers Weekly called How We Decide "a fascinating book . . . that will help everyone better understand themselves and their decision making."

This event is part of the four-year-old "Inside Out" speaker series sponsored by the Science, Health and Reporting Program (SHERP) at NYU's Carter Institute of Journalism. Leading the conversation, as usual, will be Robert Lee Hotz, distinguished writer in residence at the Carter Institute and the science columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

For logistical details, see: http://journalism.nyu.edu/events/?ev=2008-jonahlehrer

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