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“If Our Bodies Could Talk” with James Hamblin

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$10 - $20

ISC and MATTER are partnering to bring the funny and informative James Hamblin to Chicago on January 18, 2017 to answer your questions about human bodies. Reserve your seat now here.

In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away—and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media. In his new book, he covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more:

• Can I “boost” my immune system?
• Does caffeine make me live longer?
• Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
• How much sleep do I actually need?
• Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
• Is life long enough?

In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners. He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don’t really matter. If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive, illustrated guide that entertains and educates in equal doses.

James Hamblin      If Our Bodies Could Talk

Copies of If Our Bodies Could Talk will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. Check out James’ videos here on topics including: probiotics, vitamin D overdose, your microbiome, whether or not to shower, “natural” peanut butter, and more.

Reserve your seat now here.



January 18
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$10 - $20
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222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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