Why? What Makes Us Curious—Mario Livio with Aatish Bhatia

Wed. Jan 17, 2018 at 6:30pm EST
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Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates the science behind human curiosity.

From Netflix dramas to neuroscience, curiosity lies at the heart of most human endeavors. Despite this, the scientific community has not come to a consensus about human curiosity. Why are human beings so curious? And why have scientists been unable to pinpoint what happens in the brain when someone acts curiously?

These mysteries led Mario Livio to write his new bookWhy? What Makes Us Curious, asking: What drives us to ask questions about the world and our role in it? Through interviews with scientists, as well as investigations into the lives of "curious geniuses" Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman, he explores the sources and mechanisms of human curiosity.

Princeton University scientist and writer Aatish Bhatia joins Livio to discuss recent findings in the science of curiosity and how curiosity can be harnessed for creative and scientific gains. 

The discussion will be followed by Q&A.


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The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018