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Canceled: Elastic: flexible thinking in our time of change

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event has been canceled.

We live in a time of great turmoil and change in personal, social, and business spheres. To thrive in such a time, we must adapt and exercise a particular kind of thinking. Elastic thinking is needed to assess new situations, and to form a framework for understanding and reacting to them. It is leads to innovation and creativity.

In his upcoming talk, “Elastic: Flexible Thinking for our Time of Change,” Leonard Mlodinow will explore the psychology and neuroscience behind elastic thinking, detail ways to evaluate our ability to think nimbly, and provide methods to help us improve our skills.

Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist and best-selling literary science writer. This lecture is based on Mlodinow’s recent book Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World, an exploration of how elastic thinking works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation, and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians, and innovators to create paradigm shifts. And he investigates the organizations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase in Portland. For disability accommodations (which must be requested by April 14), contact ohc@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3934.


April 22
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Oregon Humanities Center


721 N.W. Ninth Ave. Suite 200
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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