Scientists Discover Genetic Gamechanger

Theoretical Physicist, Author, and Science Educator

Michio Kaku is a futurist, popularizer of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and the host of two radio programs. He is the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory. He holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics and a joint appointment at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of C.U.N.Y. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Kaku launched his Big Think blog, "Dr. Kaku's Universe," in March 2010.

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Michio Kaku: I have the privilege today of announcing on Big Think a discovery which could really change the social landscape of our country in fact.  Scientists have just announced that they have isolated the funny gene.  That’s right, the funny gene.  Some people have it;  some people don’t. Some people are born with it, and already we’re being flooded with phone calls.  Jay Leno’s office called and said, “How can Jay get one?”  

So if you’re at a party and everyone is laughing at some hilarious joke and you just don’t get it, don’t worry.  It’s not your fault.  It’s in your genes.  

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