USA Launch Event April 2, 2019

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Can Evolutionary Thinking Improve Psychiatric Treatment?

Book talk and panel discussion 6 pm, Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 at the Biodesign Auditorium in Biodesign Institute Building B, 1001 S McAllister Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

This event is the USA launch for Randolph Nesse’s new book, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry, just published by Dutton (Penguin Random House). The book argues that evolutionary biology provides a missing foundation for psychiatry that can resolve persistent controversies and lead to new research and better treatments. Dr. Nesse will provide a brief overview, then three distinguished panelists will address the question “Can Evolutionary Thinking Improve Psychiatric Treatment?”

Nancy Gonzalez, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Dean of Natural Sciences at ASU will Chair and Moderate the session.

Speakers include:

  • Randolph Nesse, MD, Foundation Professor of Life Sciences and Director of the Center for Evolution and Medicine at ASU, President of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health
  • Douglas Kenrick, PhD, Professor of Psychology at ASU, and President of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • Joan Silk, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at ASU and a world-renowned evolutionary primatologist.
  • Cynthia Stonnington, MD, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona

To ensure a seat please RSVP at the Center for Evolution and Medicine Website.

Also live streamed Tuesday, April 2nd at 6 pm Arizona time, 9 pm EDT.

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Book talk and signing May 17th in Menlo Park California

Friday, May 17 6:30 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street (at Alma), Menlo Park, CA

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Events for UK Launch

Monday February 11th

Tuesday February 12th


Wednesday February 13th

    • 12:00 to 1:00 pm Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Psychiatry’s Missing Evolutionary Foundation. Free public talk NEW LARGER VENUE: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London. Free and open to the public.
    • 3:30 to 4:30 pm What Evolution Offers for Psychiatric Research and Practice. Department of Psychiatry at St Pancras Hospital. Interested clinicians from other sites can contact Julian.Summerfield@candi.nhs.uk or Natalie.Boateng@candi.nhs.uk to request directions and permission to attend.
    • 6:45 to 8:00 pm The New Science of Anxiety, Depression, and Addictive Behaviour, lecture sponsored by the How To Academy. Venue moved to a larger hall. 700 tickets sold. Book now for current details.

Thursday February 14th


Friday February 15th

    • 5:30 to 6:30 pm Can Evolution Explain Bad Feelings? A debate sponsored by the London Evolution and Research Network and the Royal College of Psychiatry Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG), Penguin Random House, and Clean Tech Challenge. MODERATOR: Carina Kern (UCL) HOST: Miranda Dyson (UCL) Speakers: Randolph Nesse (ASU), Helena Cronin (LSE), Simon Baron Cohen (University of Cambridge), Paul St. James Smith (NHS Consultant and EPSIG), and Riadh Abed (NHS Consultant and EPSIG). At Lecture Theatre 1, Park Side Campus, the London Business School.
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm Wine reception provided by the London Evolution and Research Network.

Tuesday April 2nd

    • 5:15 Appetizers, discussion and book sales and signing at the Biodesign Auditorium
    • 6:00 Book talk with commentary (details and a registration link will be posted soon)