Monday, February 8, 2010

Colbert Report: Pinker and the Brain and how Brain Cells Fire in Patterns

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Stephen Colbert interviewed Harvard Professor,  Dr. Pinker author of  “The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature”—a book on evolutionary psychology,  that discusses basic brain function and human nature.   

Colbert asked Pinker to summarize the brain in five words or less, to which he responded “Brain cells fire in patterns.”

Pinker said he was surprised by his own ability to describe the brain in so few words under pressure.

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Colbert also poked fun at Pinker’s  move from MIT to Harvard.

“You were at MIT first then went to Harvard? That’s like going from the nerds’ table to the rich nerds’ table,” Colbert said.