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ASTD Meeting In April

Why Do We Make Mistakes? Want to know? The Alaska chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) invites you to the April 2010 book talk at Barnes and Noble in midtown Anchorage.

This month’s book will be Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan. 

‘We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we’re way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error--how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes.

In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns--but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss—and why you can’t find the beer in your refrigerator.

Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories--of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail--and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you’ve hidden something important. You’ll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don’t, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it’s not).

Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes--and have you vowing to do better the next time.’ – Amazon book description

Join us April 14, 2010, from 6 – 8 pm.  Everyone is welcome; no fee is charged for book talk events.  There will be time for mingling and networking, so bring your business cards! For more details about ASTD and this month’s program (including maps), visit http://www.astdalaska.org or look for us on www.meetup.com/astd-alaska .  Call Marilee Davieau at 907-222-5664 if conversation is more convenient!

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