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neuroscience | Mar 17th, 2011

Neuroscientist David Eagleman: What Motivates People to Care About a Brand?

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, whose unique brand of “guerilla science” was recently featured on NOVA, just delivered his new keynote on consumer research — specifically, what does traditional consumer research get wrong? And why is brand loyalty even more important than we assume?   Emotion,... Continue Reading →
muslims in america | Mar 17th, 2011

An Influential Muslim Cleric Fights Extremism: Andrea Elliott's NYT Magazine Cover Story

Andrea Elliott spent months writing this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story, about a Muslim cleric trying to prevent extremism in the U.S. by attempting to talk openly to his young followers about a plethora of thorny topics, including jihad. In the article, Elliott profiles Yasir Qadhi,... Continue Reading →
sustainability | Mar 17th, 2011

Crowdfunding a Book: Help Alex Steffen Publish Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Our Future City

Sustainability speaker Alex Steffen—who just released Worldchanging 2.0 — has taken to the Web in an innovative effort to crowdfund his next book, Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Our Future City. “My goal here is to explain carbon neutrality in a short, amusing book that can be read in an afternoon... Continue Reading →
public health | Mar 16th, 2011

Chernobyl's Lessons for Japan: Laurie Garrett’s NYT Op-Ed

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, global health speaker Laurie Garrett contrasts the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan with the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Though details of the accidents in Japan remain sketchy, we can heed lessons from Chernobyl today. For one thing,... Continue Reading →
speaker interview | Mar 16th, 2011

Carl Hiaasen Talks Celebrity Obsession in The New Statesman

In a recent interview in New Statesman Magazine, Carl Hiaasen discussed his latest novel Star Island and talked about the book’s inspiration, as well as the problems associated with literary sub-genres. Star Island is a satirical look (set in Florida, naturally) at the cult of celebrity in America... Continue Reading →
microfinance | Mar 14th, 2011

Douglas Merrill: My Borrowers Aren't Trying to Buy Flat-Screen TVs. They're Trying to Eat.

At the SXSW 2011 Festival in Austin, Lavin speaker Douglas Merrill spoke on a panel called “The Future of Consumer Lending,” about personal debt, responsible lending, and why 30 million Americans basically live paycheck-to-paycheck. The Guardian UK writes, “The most interesting of the panelists... Continue Reading →
speaker news | Mar 10th, 2011

Novelist and Now Screenwriter: Salman Rushdie to Write Next People for Showtime

According to Variety, Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie is developing an ambitious hourlong drama called Next People to air on Showtime, home of Dexter, Weeds, and Nurse Jackie. Charting the rapid change in contemporary American life, the show will incorporate politics, sex, religion,... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Mar 10th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer Asks: Does Living in a City Make You a Better Person?

Following up on his recent New York Times Magazine profile of Geoffrey West — the physicist who has solved the problem of the city — Jonah Lehrer now asks: “Are people nicer in cities?” Jonah first discusses superlinear scaling, which measures the increased output of people living in large... Continue Reading →
charity | Mar 9th, 2011

How to Spend $7,000 in Seven Hours: Amber Mac Gets Generous for Charity

Amber Mac donates to The Toronto Humane Society Amber Mac donates to Unicef Yesterday, social media speaker, author, and TV host Amber Mac was one of four celebrities to take part in a unique charity fundraiser for ING Direct. Amber had to spend $7,000 in seven hours on acts of kindness... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 8th, 2011

David Eagleman's Sum: A Deceptively Slim Mash-Up of Science, Faith and Literary Fiction

“I’ve never encountered a book quite like the marvelously intelligent and imaginative Sum,” writes Laura Grace Weldon over at Wired’s Geek Dad blog. The sentiment is enormously kind — and spot on. Written by rambunctious neuroscientist David Eagleman over the course of seven years, Sum is a unique... Continue Reading →
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