Dan Ariely and Ovul Sezer: Irrationality meets Comedy

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Sun Jun 9

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

This event is all ages

Irrationality meets Comedy
Irrationality meets Comedy
Dan Ariely and Ovul Sezer share the stage as Dan discusses his insights about human behavior and irrationality, while Ovul breaks out her debut stand-up comedy act.
Dan Ariely
Dan Ariely
Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior? Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.
In addition to appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine at Duke University, Dan is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.
Ovul Sezer
Ovul Sezer
Ovul Sezer is the queen of self-doubt who uses comedy to question her relationships, academic job, what colors she should wear... and all her life decisions. During the day, as an assistant professor at UNC, she uses her observational powers to study misguided behaviors in social life (for example, why we brag, why we compliment, why we namedrop). Late night as a comedian, she uses the same observational tools to look at the world and find a particular behavior that is odd, interesting, confusing or painful and then try to describe it in a way that makes it clear how crazy our behavior really is. She holds a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from that one school in Boston. Deep down, she enjoys when you ask her which school it is so that she can humbly brag and reveal the name.