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Secret Science Club presents Cognitive Scientist and Author Paul Bloom on the Origins of Good and Evil
Mar 11, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Are we blank slates at birth when it comes to right and wrong, or is there some innate system of guidance baked into our very beings? Can we instinctively separate heroes from villains? Do we have a tendency toward compassion? How about hard-wiring for revenge? Developmental psychologist Paul Bloom demonstrates that human beings are born with a moral compass—it’s just not perfectly calibrated.
In his latest book, Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, Dr. Bloom examines the morality of infants, chimps, and psychopaths, drawing on insights from psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology (as well as observations from Darwin and Louis C.K.)
Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale, Paul Bloom researches how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with a special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. The author of over 100 scientific papers and numerous books, Dr. Bloom writes for the New Yorker, New York Times, Atlantic, and Slate.
Before & After
–Try our morally compromised cocktail of the night, the “Right Amount of Wrong”
–Sway to altruistic grooves
–Stick around for the thought-provoking Q&A
–Snag a signed copy of Paul Bloom’s wickedly good new book!