York Festival Of Ideas – Emotional Ignorance Talk (Online)

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Date(s) - 09/06/2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Despite being unable to make the journey to the city itself due to various logistical issues, Dean Burnett WILL be appearing at the York Festival of Ideas, via their online programme.

He will be delivering his insightful talk derived from his latest book, Emotional Ignorance, in his own inimitable style

BLURB: Why can’t we think straight when hungry? What’s the point of nightmares? And why is it so impossible to forget embarrassing memories?

Emotions can be a pain. After losing his dad to COVID-19, neuroscientist Dean Burnett found himself wondering what life would be like without them. And so, he decided to put his feelings under the microscope – for science.

Let Dean take you on an incredible journey of discovery, stretching from the origins of life to the end of the universe, examining questions such as:

  • Why would we ever follow our gut?
  • Were things really better in the old days?
  • Why is doomscrolling so addictive?
  • And how can sad music make us happier?

Combining expert analysis, brilliant humour and powerful insights into the grieving process, Dean will uncover how our emotions don’t hold us back – they make us who we are.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

Free admission, booking required

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