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Free Will and Ice Cream

  • Dr. David Redish is a Distinguished McKnight Professor of neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and a poet and playwright. David’s science explores the processes of imagination and decision-making and seeks to understand how our different learning, memory, and decision-making systems interact to produce behavior. Most recently, Dr. Redish has been a leader in the new movement taking an engineer’s view on psychiatric and psychological dysfunction. Dr. Redish is a winner of numerous awards, and has published dozens of articles in scientific journals, as well as two books, most recently The Mind within the Brain: How we make decisions and how those decisions go wrong. He says that although it sounds like science fiction, our ability to read rat’s minds and listen to their dreams is no longer metaphor.

  • Jeff Sommers is co-founder and co-owner of Izzy’s Ice Cream with manufacturing and retail shops located in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Sommers has developed many innovations for his business, including developing Izzy’s Flavor Up! System where customers are sent information using RFID technology about which 32 of the 90 Izzy’s flavors are actually in the dipping cabinet at each location. He has also successfully branded his ice cream using trademarks, including trade marking Izzy’s unique product configuration, the izzy scoop. Sommers also has been a guest speaker for his Flavor Up! at the National RFID Live conference in 2011 and at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association in November. He holds a B.A. in English from Hamline University and a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan.