Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn't Work at All Works So Well, which also explores political psychology, is the latest book by Daniel Oppenheimer, a Princeton University cognitive psychology professor who won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Literature for a paper that argued that simple writing makes authors appear more intelligent than complex writing. (The paper's wonderful, hysterical title: "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems With Using Long Words Needlessly.") Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Call 202-347-0176 or visit barnesandnoble.com.
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