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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

The Science series presents cutting-edge research about biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, geology, astronomy, and more. These events appeal to many different levels of expertise, from grade school students to career scientists. With a range of relevant applications, including medicine, the environment, and technology, this series expands our thinking and our possibilities.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Dec 4, 2017

Why does spending money sometimes feel almost physically painful? Why are we comfortable overpaying for something again just because we’ve overpaid for it once before? Dan Ariely, professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, steps forward to answer these intriguing questions about our spending psychology. He shares the stage with his co-author Jeff Kreisler—Princeton educated lawyer turned award-winning comedian—to share their book Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter. The pair provides an enlightening and witty view into our irrational behavior and how it often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances. Ariely and Kreisler take us deep inside our own minds to expose the hidden habits and motivations secretly driving our financial choices.

Dan Ariely is the author of New York Times bestselling book Predictably Irrational. He is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

Ariely’s co-author Jeff Kreisler began as a Princeton educated lawyer before trying his hand as a comedian, author, speaker, TV pundit, speechwriter, and advocate for behavioral economics.

Recorded live at Rainier Arts Center by Town Hall Seattle on Sunday, November 12, 2017.