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James Doty in conversation with Philip Zimbardo
Kepler's Books
Menlo Park, CA
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James Doty in conversation with Philip Zimbardo
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters in partnership with  Kepler's Books.

"Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart"

James (Jim) Doty, neurosurgeon and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford - of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor - will discuss his new memoir, Into the Magic Shop, with Stanford psychologist, Philip Zimbardo.    

"Into the Magic Shop is pure magic!  That a child from humble beginnings could become a professor of neurosurgery and the founder of a center that studies compassion and altruism at a major university, as well as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, is extraordinary enough. But it is Doty's ability to describe his journey so lyrically, and then his willingness to share his methods, that make this book a gem."
Abraham Verghese, MD, Author of Cutting for Stone

"Into the Magic Shop is a captivating journey of discovery. Neurosurgeon Jim Doty's well-told personal story illuminates for us all the power of insight and empathy to transform our lives and enhance our world. Read it and you too may find magic in the mystery and majesty of the mind to bring health and healing to our individual and collective lives.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Author of Mindsight

As a child living in poverty with an alcoholic father and a chronically depressed mother, Doty's life was at a dead end until, at twelve, he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others - Doty's first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.  Doty would go on to put Ruth's practices to work with extraordinary results, but he neglects Ruth's most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him.

Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.

Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists. He has served as President of the American Psychological Association and designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology.  He has published more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles and chapters, among them, Shyness, The Lucifer Effect, The Time Cure, The Time Paradox, and most recently, Man, Interrupted. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. Dr. Zimbardo currently lectures worldwide and is actively working to promote his non-profit Heroic Imagination Project www.heroicimagination.org.  His current research looks at the psychology of heroism. He asks: What pushes some people to become perpetrators of evil, while others act heroically on behalf of those in need?

The event is free - please register today.

The book will be available for sale at the event. Jim will be happy to sign your book.


Kepler's Books (View)
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Charity

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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