10.16.11 LA & OC - Vice, Virtue and the Brain’s Pleasure Circuits
Posted: 21 September 2011 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Dr. David J. Linden

Vice, Virtue and the Brain’s Pleasure Circuits

Sunday, Oct. 16th 2011
11 a.m.
Costa Mesa: 4:30 p.m. **

Whether it involves eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. Evolution has, in effect, hardwired us to catch a pleasure buzz from a wide variety of experiences from crack to cannabis, from meditation to masturbation, from Bordeaux to beef. In a talk based upon his new book, The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good, leading brain scientist David J. Linden looks at the neurobiology of pleasure and how pleasures can become addictions.

Linden is a Professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is author of another book on neuroscience for a general audience, The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God, which one the Silver Medial for Science books at the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His books have been translated into 10 languages.

**Due to a scheduling conflict, Prof. Linden will be unable to give the talk on Sun., Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa. A substitute speaker is being planned.
Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County. Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
COST: $8, Students $4

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

Costa Mesa
WHEN: 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
COST: $8, Students $4

Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Avenue
Costa Mesa

[ Edited: 10 October 2011 02:20 PM by Elizabeth K ]