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Matt Crawford lecture: The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

  • Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto, 105 St George St Toronto, ON, M5S 2E8 Canada (map)

Matt Crawford will be speaking in Toronto on April 17th.
Tickets are $32, which includes a copy of his new book.

For details about the "Big Ideas Speaker Series @ Rotman" go HERE.

Date:Friday April 17, 2015 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Speaker: Matthew Crawford, Senior Fellow – Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia; Author, The World Beyond Your Head (2015) and Shop Class as Soulcraft (2009)
Topic:The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Allen Lane, March 31, 2015)
Venue:Desautels Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto, 
105 St George Street Toronto
Cost:$32.00 plus HST per person (includes 1 seat at the session and 1 hardcover copy of The World Beyond Your Head)
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Book Synopsis: Matthew Crawford is the author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, which challenged our notions about what we do and how it affects our sense of self (and our happiness). His new book addresses the crisis of attention: where we focus -- or cannot focus--equally affects our sense of self. As our mental lives become more fragmented, what is at stake often seems to be nothing less than the question of whether one can maintain a coherent self .  The key to a better life then is to get command not just of one’s physical environment, but of one’s mental life, too. Like Shop Class as Soulcraft, Crawford uses case studies as well as entertaining musings from his own personal observations to describe the fundamental shift surrounding attention that is happening in our culture. From making a surfboard, to parenting, to anxiously navigating the inside of an airport—all provide clues to a phenomenon that we increasingly experience, but could not put into words, until now. An accessible and food for thought kind of look at what our difficulties with attention mean for us as free thinking people.