Speaker: Andy Norman
Main Talk: Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Mind
Why are ideologies poisoning public discourse? Why is extremism on the rise? How did we get here, and what can we do about it?
An emerging science paints our minds as infection-prone contraptions with “immune systems” that can be weakened or even corrupted. Fortunately, the same science points to ways we can strengthen mental immune systems against failure. Learn how to inoculate minds against the worst forms of ideological contagion!
Musician: Mark Towns
Andy Norman is a public philosopher and an award-winning author. He’s currently developing the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology—the emerging science of mental immune health. He thinks this fledgling science explains how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding. He also thinks its applications can inoculate us against infectious forms of irrationality. His book Mental Immunity is available now for pre-order. http://www.harperwave.com/book/9780063002982/Mental-Immunity-Andy-Norman/
In a solo setting, Mark Towns' dazzling Jazz & Flamenco-fueled guitar work is showcased live with accompanying mix tracks hand picked by Mark himself. Mark Towns' solo guitar performances are custom-tailored to fit any setting, providing either up-tempo party grooves or elegant background ambiance--or a combination of both--depending on the needs of the event. For a fun, danceable party vibe, Mark's up-tempo performance of Latin, Soul, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, and Jazz grooves will provide the perfect soundtrack. Or, if elegant guitar ambiance is desired, Mark will delight listeners with a sublime mix of Romantic Spanish Flamenco Jazz, Bossa Novas, Boleros, Ballads, and Exotic Island grooves. As legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell noted, “There are only a few really good guitar players. Mark Towns is one of them.”
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