Cecilia Heyes on Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell | 28 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cecilia Heyes about her book Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking. Explores the evidence that several cognitive skills that appear to be unique to humans are learned from other people rather than being inherited genetically as is often assumed. Considers the implications if language is a cognitive gadget rather than a cognitive instinct.

Stanislas Dehaene explores “How We Learn”

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell | 14 February 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stanislas Dehaene about his book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now. Describes how neuroscience has revealed that human babies are incredible “learning machines” whose abilities exceed those of the best current artificial intelligence. Explores why this is so and how this information could be used to help learners (and teachers) of all ages.