• September 12, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 09/12/2018 7:00 pm 09/12/2018 America/Los_Angeles The Science of Making Big Decisions The Science of Making Big Decisions, A Conversation with Steven Johnson and Carolyn Cooke California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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There is plenty of useful advice available on how to get better at making quick-thinking, intuitive choices. But what about more consequential decisions, the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come? Our most powerful stories revolve around these kinds of decisions: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war.

Author Steven Johnson draws lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, environmental planning, and great works of literature. Everyone thinks we are living in an age of short attention spans, but we've actually learned a lot about making long-term decisions over the past few decades. He makes a compelling case for a smarter and more deliberative decision-making approach, arguing that we choose better when we break out of the myopia of single-scale thinking and develop methods for considering all the factors involved.

Join Carolyn Cooke for a conversation with Steven about his new book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most, and learn how we can approach these choices more effectively, while appreciating the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including Wonderland, How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Steven lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

Carolyn Cooke

Carolyn Cooke is the author of a novel, Daughters of the Revolution, and two collections of short stories, The Bostons and Amor and Psycho. Her fiction has won the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, has been shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and has been featured in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Paris Review. Carolyn is a professor in the MFA Programs at CIIS.

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