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David McRaney (he/him)

Science Journalist

Author, You Are Not So Smart

David McRaney is a science journalist fascinated with brains, minds, and culture. He created the podcast You Are Not So Smart based on his 2009 internationally bestselling book of the same name and its followup, You Are Now Less Dumb. Before that, he cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Later, he covered things like who tests rockets for NASA, what it is like to run a halfway home for homeless people who are HIV-positive, and how a family sent their kids to college by making and selling knives. Since then, he has been an editor, photographer, voiceover artist, television host, journalism teacher, lecturer, and tornado survivor. Most recently, after finishing his latest book, How Minds Change, he wrote, produced, and recorded a six-hour audio documentary exploring the history of the idea and the word: genius.


How to Change Minds about How to Change Minds

November 3, 2022  8:30 PM – 8:55 PM
In this lecture David will take us through the science of why it’s so hard to change minds, not just when it comes to new policies, new courses of action, and new ideas that challenge previous conventions, but how hard it can be to to change minds about how to change minds. See more.
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