October 27, 2017 -

Evergreen Brick Works

TEDxToronto 2013 Talk: Mark Bowden

  • 2013
  • Behaviour

Within seconds of Mark Bowden walking on stage to close out the day’s Talks, he announced to the audience that they had already decided whether he was “friend or foe”. In his Talk, Mark argues that whether we’re aware of it or not, this kind of judgment is a direct result of the instantaneous evaluations of our primitive brains. Every day, our brain weighs the people we meet and places each person into one of four categories: friend, enemy, potential sexual partner, or indifferent. However, he argues one can employ specific behaviours to change another’s perceptions and in fact, challenges us to be “more inauthentic.”