What do IdeaFestival presenters John McPherson and A.J. Jacobs share in common? McPherson's use of humor "Close to Home" and Jacob's willingness to experiment with new information and strange situations acknowledge that to know something truly, sometimes you just have to experience it. Humor, stories, film require suspended belief to bring what's believable, or more precisely, what one ought to believe, into sharper focus. Similarly, there's an irony in books like Jacob's "The Know it All" because the brain, by itself, is tricky. Without report from our hands - feet - a warm embrace - it's capable of telling us anything.
John McPherson and A.J. Jacobs will be at the IdeaFestival next week! Come experience why humor has power, and why knowing can depend on letting go.