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Being Human: The Primates Who Tell Stories

Speaker(s): Tania Lombrozo, Peter Baumann

San Francisco, CA

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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The Leakey Foundation


Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of psychology and the conceptual tools of philosophy, with a focus on explanation and understanding, social cognition, and causal reasoning. She is the recipient of the Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award. She blogs about psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science for NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos & Culture.

Peter Baumann

Peter Baumann is the founder of Being Human, which launched in 2011. Baumann joined musical group Tangerine Dream in 1971, recording multiple gold records and touring worldwide through 1981. In 1982 Baumann moved to New York and founded the record company Private Music. He served as its CEO until 1994 when the company was sold to RCA. Baumann, who now resides in San Francisco, has been happily married for 27 years and is father to three grown children. His current focus is the exploration of well-being and quality of life from philosophical, conceptual and experimental perspectives. Baumann co-authored EGO: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity with Michael Taft. He serves on the board of CIIS and is a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.

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