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Big Ideas Reading Group

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)
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The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach

Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don't even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge.

The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We're constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact--and usually we don't even realize we're doing it.

Earlier Event: November 10
Jesse Eisinger with Angie Coiro
Later Event: November 13
Spanish Book Discussion Group