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The Invention of Tomorrow | Thomas Suddendorf, Adam Bulley & Jonathan Redshaw | Avid Reader

Thursday, 9 February 2023

18:30

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19:30

Avid Reader Bookshop West End

Join co-authors Thomas Suddendorf, Adam Bulley and Jonathan Redshaw in-conversation with Ashley Hay for a spellbinding exploration of the human capacity to imagine the future.

Our ability to think about the future is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. In The Invention of Tomorrow: A Natural History of Foresight, cognitive scientists Thomas Suddendorf, Jonathan Redshaw, and Adam Bulley argue that its emergence transformed humans from unremarkable primates to creatures that hold the destiny of the planet in their hands.

Drawing on their own cutting-edge research, the authors break down the science of foresight, showing us where it comes from, how it works, and how it made our world. Journeying through biology, psychology, history, and culture, they show that thinking ahead is at the heart of human nature-even if we often get it terribly wrong. Incisive and expansive, The Invention of Tomorrow offers a fresh perspective on the human tale that shows how our species clawed its way to control the future.

Thomas Suddendorf is a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland whose research has attracted honours and awards from such organizations as the American Psychological Association, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Association for Psychological Science. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Discover, and Science, among other outlets. Born and raised in Germany, he lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Adam Bulley is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney and at Harvard University, where he researches the cognitive science of foresight and decision-making. He has won numerous honors and awards for his research and teaching. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Jonathan Redshaw is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland. He has published extensively on the development and evolution of mental time travel, focusing on how children and animals think about uncertain future events. He was named a 2021 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.