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UQ Compassion Symposium 2017 | Free Keynote Address

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GHD Auditorium

Jocks Road

Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

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'Toward a Scientific Theory of Free Will'

Presented by Professor Roy F Baumeister

The Compassion Symposium's 2017 opening keynote address will feature Professor Roy Baumeister, one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has published well over 500 scientific articles and more than 30 books. In 2013, he received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements

Although Roy made his name with laboratory research, his recognition extends beyond the narrow confines of academia. His 2011 book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, was a New York Times bestseller. He has appeared on television shows such as Dateline NBC and ABC’s 20/20, as well as on PBS, National Public Radio, and countless local news shows. His work has been covered or quoted in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, TIME, Psychology Today, Self, Men’s Health, Businessweek, and many other outlets.

Roy's keynote combines conceptual discussion of the grand problem of free will with laboratory studies, including work on self-control and decision making, as well as studies on manipulated disbelief in free will. It seeks to provide a scientific understanding of free will as an evolved form of action control suited to enable human beings to function in their complex social environment, including culture.

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  • 6:00pm - Registration opens

  • 6:15pm - Drinks and canapes served

  • 7:00pm - Keynote address commences

  • 8:00pm - Estimated end of event

This is a free public lecture held at the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building (#49) - The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072.

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