NPR’s Joe Palca gets annoyed easily. He was so annoyed by Washington, DC in early 2009 that he decided to spend the summer at the Huntington, as the science writer in residence (he is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers). Then he wrote a book about it. It’s called Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. Between his PhD from UCSC in Psychology, the decades of science journalism under his belt, and his experiences as a human being who gets annoyed, Palca is well-equipped to handle the subject matter, which he and co-author Flora Lichtman do with “humor and plenty of hard data.” They address a variety of grievances, including nails on a chalk board and that annoying dude on his cell phone. We have a simple explanation, however, for why those things bug us: they’re annoying.
Lecture – Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us
Thursday, May 12th, 7:30 p.m.
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Free w/ entry; Huntington.org; 626.405.2100