The best-selling author of Subliminal
and The Drunkard’s Walk
teaches you how to tap into the hidden power of your brain.
In this startling and provocative look at how the human mind deals with change, Leonard Mlodinow shows us how to unleash the natural abilities we all possess so we can thrive in dynamic and troubled times. Truly original minds capitalize when everyone else struggles. And most of us assume that these abilities are innate, reserved for a select few. But Mlodinow reveals that we all possess them, that we all have encoded in our brains a skill he terms elastic thinking—and he guides us in how to harness it.
Drawing on groundbreaking research, Mlodinow outlines how we can learn to let go of comfortable ideas and become accustomed to ambiguity and contradiction; how we can rise above conventional mindsets and reframe the questions we ask; and how we can improve our ability to solve problems and generate new ideas—critical skills for achieving professional and personal success in our quickly morphing world.
Leonard Mlodinow's previous books include the best sellers Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science writing award), as well as several New York Times best-sellers, including The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which was chosen as a New York Times notable book, and short-listed for the Royal Society Science Book Prize; The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking and War of the Worldviews, co-authored with Deepak Chopra. His most recent book is Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Named to the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlist.
About the moderator:
Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum
, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business and technology. Forum
is one of KQED's most-popular shows and one of the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk shows.
Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus
. He hosted Bay TV's Take Issue
, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Television, KRON television and NPR and did news commentary for KTVU television. He has also served as host of NPR's Talk of the Nation
Since 1970, Dr. Krasny has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest
and Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life
, co-author of the textbook Sound Ideas
and creator of the DVD presentation Masterpieces of Short Fiction
. He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major nonprofit events.
Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike and countless others. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including The S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, The Inclusiveness in Media Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice, and a Koret Foundation Fellowship. He has also been named best talk show host by Focus
magazine, a number of Bay Area newspapers, The San Francisco Publicity Club and Citysearch.
Dr. Krasny received his B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. degrees from Ohio University, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. degree from The University of Wisconsin.
Buy your ticket/book bundle in advance and save! Ticket/book bundle sales will close on January 28th. Paperback copies of the book will be available for sale at the event for $16 plus tax. Book sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto.
Thursday, February 7
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$22 Ticket and book bundle | $18 General Public (ticket only) | $15 Members and J-Pass holders (ticket only) | $12 Students with ID (ticket only)
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Reviews of Elastic: Unlocking Your Brain's Ability to Embrace Change:
"Leonard Mlodinow will make you smarter." ~ Seth MacFarlane
"Ingenious . . . top-quality popular neuroscience." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"Incorporating the most recent developments in psychology and neuroscience, award-winning science writer Mlodinow. . . elucidates how the human mind evolved a cognitive style he names 'elastic thinking.' . . . Fantastically accessible science writing. . . . Of particular interest to those wishing to understand how to cope with the pace of change in the modern world." ~ Library Journal (starred review)
"Timely and engrossing. Elastic is a fascinating exploration of one of the most important topics: how the human mind deals with change. If you liked Subliminal, you'll love Elastic." ~ Charles Duhigg, author of the best sellers The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
"It's easy to describe the dizzying changes in our midst—from the gushers of information that wash over us to a world grown ever more interconnected. Far harder is to offer guidance on how we should respond. In this wise and persuasive book, Leonard Mlodinow calls for a change in the very way we think. Using a deft mix of science and storytelling, he shows the limits of linear thinking and the promise of 'bottom up' thinking that embraces ambiguity, asks the shrewd questions and pursues novel answers to complex problems. Elastic is a book that will help you survive the whirlwind." ~ Daniel H. Pink, author of When and A Whole New Mind
"A fascinating, useful look into how the brain works. Perfect for neophiliacs and everyone else who's dealing with a changing world." ~ Seth Godin, author of Footprints on the Moon
"In a world in which advancing technologies, omnipresent social media and fiery political landscapes can make us feel helpless and paralyzed, Mlodinow shows us how our most human traits, such as novelty-seeking and free-range imagination, have uniquely prepared us to thrive in an increasingly complex and ever-changing world. Most important, in the groundbreaking book he shows us how to make the best use of our most basic human talents to find true happiness and success.” ~ Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard University, and author of the New York Times best seller Super Brain
"A book of sparkling intelligence, written with humor and grace. If you read only one book of accessible science this year, let this be the one." ~ Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford