The Geography of Genius
Eric Weiner can’t keep away from the big questions. His book, The Geography of Bliss, was about happiness (big topic); snd, Man Seeks God, is about, well, God (even bigger topic). But as you know if you’ve read Bliss, Eric has the special ability to take these big questions and make them personal: he brings an everyman’s perspective, immediately sympathetic, full of humor, insight, and even self-doubt, that makes everything he talks about funny and real. He calls it “funny/serious“: a unique balance of skepticism and sincerity.
Now Eric seeks to answer the question of how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. He explores the history of places from ancient Athens to Renaissance Florence to modern day Silicon Valley in his New York Times bestseller The Geography of Genius.
Since Eric’s a former international correspondent for NPR and The New York Times, when he has questions, he travels. The Geography of Bliss took him from Bhutan, where the government measures the country’s well-being by its Gross Domestic Happiness, to Iceland, where strong communities and stiff drinks keep citizens cheery in the brutal cold. Now, in Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With The Divine, Eric is prompted by a health scare to explore the world’s religions and try them on for size. It’s an amazing story filled with such memorable characters as the UFO-worshipping Raëlians and the great Nepalese Buddhist sage Wayne-from-Staten-Island, but also a very real spiritual journey that teaches Eric deep truths. As for his personal decision? We’ll let him tell you that himself.
When he does, we know you’ll enjoy the chance to laugh while you learn. And there is a lot to learn. As the world grows more connected, a real understanding of global faiths only becomes more crucial. More personally, Eric’s talks could create a safe space for exploring these traditions outside the spin zone, or just a chance to glean some knowledge from these ancient teachings. Whatever your angle, you’ll leave Eric’s talks smiling — and a little wiser, too.