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Joel Pearson on Intuition

25 May 2024
3.30pm – 4.00pm AEST
Carriageworks Bay 24
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Joel Pearson

Joel Pearson

Intuition isn’t just hippie-dippie or woo-woo – it saves lives, averts disasters and drives countless innovative business decisions. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, for one, regularly relied on his gut instincts. 

Leading Australian neuroscientist and psychologist Joel Pearson’s The Intuition Toolkit: The New Science of Knowing What, Without Knowing Why presents five scientifically solid strategies for developing intuition that anyone can learn to harness and trust. 

Unlock the mysteries of human consciousness as Joel teaches us when it’s safe to rely on intuition in decision-making. 


The Curiosity Lecture Series returns to the Sydney Writers' Festival with a line-up of our most thought-provoking speakers delivering one-time talks on topics of intrigue, interest and importance. 

This event is presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival and supported by UNSW Sydney. 


UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and proud Premier Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership. 


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This event will take place live at Carriageworks. For all venue and visitor safety information, please visit Sydney Writers' Festival.


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Joel Pearson

Joel Pearson

Joel Pearson is an author, Psychologist, Neuroscientist, and public intellectual working at the forefront of science. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the UNSW Sydney. He is the founder and Director of Future Minds Lab. Joel started his career studying art and filmmaking, however, he then decided to apply his creative discovery techniques to the scientific mysteries of human consciousness and the complexities of the brain. His pioneering research has changed our understanding of intuition, the human imagination and aphantasia.