An Intimate Conversation with Michael LewisJanuary 8, 2017
Join Prospect Sierra School for an evening with legendary Bay Area author Michael Lewis in his only East Bay appearance as he launches his new release, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds. He’ll be in lively conversation with Dacher Keltner, renowned social psychologist at UC Berkeley, founder of the Greater Good Science Center, and author of The Power Paradox.
Prospect Sierra parent Michael Lewis is a best-selling author and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Known for his meticulous research on far-reaching subjects, Lewis’ many books include Liar’s Poker, a semi-autobiographical account of Wall Street traders and salesmen; Moneyball, about Oakland A’s manager Billy Bean; The Big Short, about the housing and credit crisis of the 2000’s; the bestseller-turned-Hollywood-blockbuster The Blind Side; Boomerang, a chronicle of the fiscal recklessness in both Europe and the U.S. that led to the current international debt crisis; and Flash Boys, in which Lewis reveals the top secret world of high frequency trading.
Now Lewis has released The Undoing Project, the story of how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.
Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.
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Proceeds from the event fund Prospect Sierra School’s tuition assistance program, giving more students the opportunity to be intellectually engaged, develop self-knowledge, and care for others.