Event: ‘Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking’



TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 12th April 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 1, House of Lords, SW1A 0PW

SPEAKER: Professor Richard Nisbett, Theodore M. Newcomb

Author of Mindware: Tools for smart thinking
To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


You’ve paid £10 to see a movie. After half an hour, you’re bored. Should you stay or go? You have to choose between two candidates for a job. Candidate A is more experienced and has stronger recommendations, but in the interview it’s candidate B who seems brighter and more energetic. Who do you hire? Problems like these don’t appear on IQ tests, but for all of us there are better (and worse) ways of solving them. And the way we tackle such problems can make huge differences to our lives. On a larger scale, our governments have to wrestle with complicated issues that create dilemmas for policy-makers. How should they best evaluate them?

By kind invitation of Viscount Ridley, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Richard Nisbett, Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, who will be discussing his new book, Mindware: Tools for smart thinking. Mindware addresses some of the most fundamental questions about how to reason and make valid inferences. Much of the time, says Richard Nisbett, our beliefs about the world, and the way we acquire those beliefs, are fundamentally flawed.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Professor Richard Nisbett is Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology and co-director of the Culture and Cognition program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Richard’s research interests are in social cognition, culture, social class, and aging. He has been published in the Physiological Review and has written 4 books.


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