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Being Human: The Primates Who Tell Stories

March 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join cognitive psychologist Tania Lombrozo for an evening exploring humans’ unique storytelling ability. Learn how these “stories,” or explanations, are central to our sense of understanding the world around us.

We humans are curious creatures. When we don’t understand, we ask questions. Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? Why do we behave the way we do? We demand answers, simple explanations that provide the reason why, and they are key to how we conceptualize the world and how we exchange ideas. These explanations we form are at the core of our basic cognitive processes like learning, inference and categorization.

Being Human founder Peter Baumann will join Dr. Lombrozo following her talk to further investigate how curiosity is an essential part of the human experience.

About Being Human

Being Human mixes short talks from great minds with fun hands-on experiments, drinks, conversation, and storytelling. Each month we’ll explore different aspects of our evolution, our behavior, and the human experience.

Doors open at 6 pm for the Being Human Lounge.  Mix and mingle with your fellow humans upstairs in Public Work’s Odd Job Room. Enjoy a different local food vendor and thematic specialty cocktail each month, plus a fully-stocked bar of beer, wine, and delicious cocktails.

The Main Room opens at 7 pm for seating. The talk will begin shortly thereafter.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. There is plenty of standing room for everyone.

Age Limit: 21+


March 15, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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