Conversation with Author Lois Holzman:
The Overweight Brain
February 8-12, 2016
Lois Holzman invites you to join in for an online discussion of her provocative online book project, The Overweight Brain: How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Change the World.
Thank you for joining us for this week in dialogue with the author. The forum below will continue to be open so please feel free to stay connected with this conversation.
The recording for the webinar which took place on Friday, Feb. 12, can be found at this link:
Video recording of the webinar with Lois Holzman on The Overweight Brain:
Audio recording only of the webinar with Lois Holzman on The Overweight Brain:
Over the past year-and-a-half, Lois has posted successive chapters online, soliciting readers’ feedback throughout. This is an opportunity to join in! There are two ways to read The Overweight Brain. Download the PDF (by clicking HERE) or, if you want to see photos, graphics, readers polls and comments, go to http://loisholzman.org/books/latest-installment.
The Overweight Brain explores the human development predicament we face: as a global culture, we are obsessed with the need to know, but at a time of such instability and unpredictability our knowing has become of little good. We have unprecedented access to information and no shortage of explanations of nearly everything, and yet we have never been so stuck—unable to find solutions to the urgent problems confronting us as a species. The Overweight Brain takes a look at how knowing as a way of engaging the world stops us from growing as individuals, communities and a civilization. Lois puts a special focus on causality and dualism as the primary shapers of what it means to know. She illustrates how these conceptual tools are at play in every area of our lives, and how discourse in education, psychology, science, politics and the media lead us into a developmental dead end.
What is to be done? Lois makes the case that what is required to make a better world is “non-knowing growing”—a fundamental shift in understanding and relating that’s no less a conceptual revolution than the Scientific Revolution that gave us the knowing paradigm in the first place. This 21st century conceptual revolution is well underway. What does it look like, and how do we advance it?