"Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic
-- love - and explains its evolution, its biochemical
foundations and its social importance. She closes with
a warning about the potential disaster inherent in
"Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come
closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the
only real difference between humans and chimps is our
sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to
change the world."
"Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can
understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching,
forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species
can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural
"What is Consciousness -- our inner thoughts,
feelings, personalities -- the hidden 'Stuff'
of our Private Selves? Is there something
special about Consciousness, something of the
mind not in the brain? This is self awareness,
the interior mental experience we call
Consciousness. What is the importance of studying
Consciousness? The panel discusses the concept of
"Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical
times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem
illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are
living in the most peaceful time in our species'
"Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few
brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she
realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened
-- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one,
speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and
remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about
how our brains define us and connect us to the world and
to one another."