2020 Monthly Speakers Program
January 2020 Meeting at Indy Reads Books
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Meeting at 11:30am
at Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Author of the new
“Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are”
Ever wonder what drives people to criminal behavior? The answers may surprise you. In this eye-opening session, author Bill Sullivan will discuss the hidden forces that influence our behavior, including our dark side.
Almost everything we think we know about ourselves is wrong.
Philosophers and theologians have grappled with the mystery of human behavior for centuries—but now, science is revealing startling new insights into what makes us tick. This provocative narrative from Indiana University School of Medicine professor Bill Sullivan explores our behavior through the lens of genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology. From why we need that morning cup of coffee to our inclination for skydiving, this eye-opening book uses the latest scientific research to explain the hidden forces that drive our individual natures.
A fascinating tour of the factors that shape our actions, moods, tastes, political beliefs, and more, Pleased to Meet Me unveils a surprising truth: that many of our most self-defining traits emerge from things we can’t control, including our genes, our early environment, our evolutionary past, and the microbes that dwell inside us. In these pages, you’ll learn the real reasons we struggle with infidelity, weight loss, drugs, and depression; discover the biological differences that may separate liberals and conservatives; discern the forces that shape human attraction; and comprehend your own impulse to extend a helping hand or throw a punch. These trailblazing insights are sprinkled with pop-culture references that elucidate the scientific imperatives behind them.
Filled with revolutionary observations, Pleased to Meet Me takes us on a riveting journey that reveals who we are—and how we can become our best selves.
Bill Sullivan, author of “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are” (National Geographic Books) is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious disease. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Fox, The Doctors, New York Post, National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, COSMOS, Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, Doctor Radio, and more. Follow him on Twitter at @wjsullivan and learn more at www.AuthorBillSullivan.com.