Speaker Series: Vice, Virtue, and the Brain's Pleasure Circuits

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Vice, Virtue, and the Brain's Pleasure Circuits

May's A REASON FOR REASON Skeptical Speaker Series in association with CFI  features author David Linden talking about his new book "The Compass of Pleasure".
Please join us and tell fellow skeptics!

Understanding the biological basis of pleasure leads us to fundamentally rethink the moral and legal aspects of addiction to drugs, food, sex, and gambling and the industries that manipulate these pleasures. Merging an evolutionary perspective with cutting-edge research in neuroscience, David Linden addresses provocative questions about the relationship between pleasure and addiction while exploring broader implications at the nexus.

About the speaker: David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of the new book "The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good". His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain (recent scientific papers here). He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication, serving as Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology and author of The Accidental Mind (Harvard/Belknap, 2007). Dr. Linden's conversational style, his abundant use of anecdotes, and his successful coupling of wit with insight makes this a talk not to be missed…


WHEN: 7:30PM, Monday, May 2, 2011 (Talk starts at 8PM sharp)

WHERE: Downstairs at Kells Irish Pub, 530 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (CLICK FOR MAP)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 19:12