Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change


Embracing change is the key to thriving in the modern world. Theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow, author of the new book Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, joined us to share his ground breaking look at the psychology and neuroscience of change. He shares how the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, can help us today. Humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a unique set of talents that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, and divergent and integrative thinking. These are the qualities that enabled innovators from Mary Shelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-sized popcorn to the creators of Pokémon Go, to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. In our age of unprecedented technological innovation and social change, it is more important than ever to encourage these abilities and traits.

Book Event for Elastic

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm

Powell's City of Books, 1005 West Burnside, Portland

For more information, visit Leonard's website.