1. This Friday, October 10, 2008 at 7 p.m., I'll be celebrating the opening of a new San Francisco bookstore and discussing the role of media in U.S. social movements on a panel with Jen Angel and Bob Ostertag. This event marks the opening of The Green Arcade, a new bookstore located at 1680 Market Street at Gough in San Francisco. This is intended to be a fairly informal discussion. If you're a Daddy Dialectic reader and you stop by, please introduce yourself to me!
2. On October 22, 2008, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Greater Good magazine (where I serve as senior editor) will host an evening with legendary psychologist Paul Ekman, who will discuss his new book with the Dalai Lama. Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion distills 40 hours of conversation between Ekman and the Dalai Lama about the roots of love, compassion, anger, and morality. At this free event at UC Berkeley, Ekman--one of the world's foremost authorities on emotions and facial expressions, and a member of Greater Good magazine's editorial board--will present highlights from their discussions, accompanied by photos and audio excerpts from his conversations with the Dalai Lama. A Q&A with the audience will follow. This event will occur at the UC Berkeley journalism school, North Gate Library, Hearst at Euclid Avenue; for more details and directions, see the j-school website.
3. I recently interviewed Harvard cognitive psychologist and bestselling author Steven Pinker and UC Santa Barbara neuroscientist (and member of the President's Council of Bioethics) Michael S. Gazzaniga about science policy, the legacy of the Bush administration, and what the next administration needs to do to restore trust in science. Though the Pinker interview will appear in print and I will be using the Gazzaniga interview for a forthcoming article, due to their timeliness we decided to post both discussions in Q&A format to our blog. You can read the Pinker interview here and the Gazzaniga interview here. We invite your comments.