"Why did you do that?" You're more automated than you think.

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B302/03

Excerpt

Your brain is really good at surviving in neolithic Africa, but not because of our powers of higher levels of thought; they're much too slow. Humans are so successful as a species because we're champions at automating things, including our own thoughts and behaviours.

What's fascinating is that we're profoundly unaware of just how much our own lives run on automatic, and just how much our own behaviour is influenced by external factors. Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine the fascinating world of the human mind.

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Your brain is really good at surviving in neolithic Africa, but not because of our powers of higher levels of thought; they’re much too slow. Humans are so successful as a species because we’re champions at automating things, including our own thoughts and behaviours.

What’s fascinating is that we’re profoundly unaware of just how much our own lives run on automatic, and just how much our own behaviour is influenced by external factors. Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine the fascinating world of the human mind.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Paul Fenwick

    Perl Training Australia

    Biography

    Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user-groups worldwide, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics. Paul is the author of Perl’s autodie pragma.

    In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, dressing like a pirate, and lexically scoped user pragmata.

    Sessions

      • Title: "Why did you do that?" You're more automated than you think.
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/03
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Your brain is really good at surviving in neolithic Africa, but not because of our powers of higher levels of thought; they’re much too slow. Humans are so successful as a species because we’re champions at automating things, including our own thoughts and behaviours.

        What’s fascinating is that we’re profoundly unaware of just how much our own lives run on automatic, and just how much our own behaviour is influenced by external factors. Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine the fascinating world of the human mind.

      • Speakers: Paul Fenwick