February 19

Going Mental

Tuesday’s Big Idea

Collective Intelligence

Studies suggest that humans are hardwired to share, and we are also well-equipped to absorb knowledge from others. In fact, we pick up knowledge from others automatically. 

Due to this, while we might like to think that we have completely original minds, we are easily influenced by others and also have an "unknowingness" of how our "human mind meld" really works. 

In today's lesson, Laurie Santos explores how our brains automatically process the knowledge of other people and the implications of this. For one thing, it helped us create culture. On the other hand, it leaves us incredibly vulnerable to the influence of others. 

  1. 1 The Human Mind Meld: The Perils o...
  2. 2 How a Chimp Can Outsmart Your Child
  3. 3 We Haven’t Evolved in Over 10,000...
  4. 4 Mind-Reading Monkeys
   
  1. The Human Mind Meld: The Perils of Unfiltered Knowledge Transfer

    The Human Mind Meld: The Perils of Unfiltered Knowledge Transfer

    We might like to think that we have completely original minds, but we are easily influenced by others and have an "unknowingness" of how our "human mind meld" works.   

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  2. How a Chimp Can Outsmart Your Child

    How a Chimp Can Outsmart Your Child

    Our ability to learn from others is crucial for the evolution of cumulative technologies, but often paralyzes our causal intuition.

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  3. We Haven’t Evolved in Over 10,000 Years

    We Haven’t Evolved in Over 10,000 Years

    In a number of fundamental ways, human psychology hasn’t budged in a very long time.

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  4. Mind-Reading Monkeys

    Mind-Reading Monkeys

    Can monkeys reason about what’s going on inside others’ heads? To find out, Dr. Laurie Santos placed them in a position to trick human researchers.

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