• Nov
  • 11
  • 2020

Auckland Breakfast Meeting

The Truth about Language

Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday 11 November 2020 for a return visit from Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis.

Prof. Corballis spoke to us about the Wandering Mind in April 2019. A number of members asked if he might be persuaded to speak again. He has kindly agreed and will talk this time about language. That will no doubt be of broad interest to we who deal mostly in words, argument and persuasion.

As he says, birds can chirp and monkeys can chatter, but only humans possess the extraordinary power to tell stories and offer explanations, to explain and persuade, to baffle and bullshit using the facility we call language.

Michael C. Corballis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Auckland. He was the first southern hemisphere president of the International Neuropsychological Society; a council member of the Royal Society of New Zealand; and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Scientists and the New Zealand Psychological Society.

As well as more than 400 scientific articles and book chapters, Professor Corballis is known for writing books and articles that are ‘informative and entertaining’ (American Scientist) and for telling ‘a captivating story’ (New York Times). He is the author of From Hand to Mouth and The Recursive Mind (both Princeton), The Lopsided Ape (Oxford), Pieces of Mind and The Wandering Mind (Auckland University Press) and The Truth about Language (Auckland University Press and University of Chicago Press). His work has been translated into many languages.


Date: 11 November 2020

Time: 7.30am - 9am

Venue: The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland, 1010

Cost: $38.00. T&C applies*

    Register online now, or RSVP to Jac at membership@aminz.org.nz. Please do let us know of any dietary requirements.

    *Cancellations 24 hours or less prior to the breakfast are not refunded.

    For those who are new to the Northern Club, jackets and tie are not required at breakfast. Any reasonable business dress is acceptable. View their dress code and mobile phone use policy HERE.