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Relax: A user’s guide to life in the age of anxiety

June 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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How many cups of coffee should I drink?

Are work meetings really worth the time?

Do I really have to floss?

Award-winning public-health expert Timothy Caulfield tackles our daily dilemmas – from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep – and the innumerable cultural, social and psychological forces shaping the decisions we make. Too often these decisions are dictated by concerns or beliefs about our world that simply aren’t true. Timothy shows that these misperceptions unnecessarily stress us out and cause us to waste time and money. Come along as he reveals a science-informed way out of this mess, helping to put your mind at ease.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

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Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.


About the speaker

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, Canada. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. Timothy has been described by Globe and Mail as ‘one of North America’s most high-profile sceptics … a kind of specialised celebrity debunker. You can think of him as Gwyneth Paltrow’s polite Canadian nemesis’. He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.


June 20, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


York Festival of Ideas


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