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9-PART PLAYLIST

The Serious Genius Behind Hilarious Comedy

The world is a funny place. The careful observation and wit of a comedian can bring touching lessons from life's most absurd moments. Here are some the smartest comics in all the land — and undoubtedly some of the funniest.
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    James R. Doty, M.D. is Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford

  • Science Writer

    Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at

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    I'm an Instructor at Harvard, a consultant in risk perception and risk communication, author of How Risky Is it, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts, and principal…


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