August 17, 2018

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First, if you think about the design of the human body, it’s not actually all that intelligent. We have tailbones, but no tails. We swallow food through the same tube we use to breathe. And don’t get us started on tonsils. Biologist Nathan Lents explains these human errors

Then, P.T. Barnum is probably best known for his outrageous “museum” exhibits and larger-than-life personality. But he also shaped our idea of what it means to be an entertainer (and he was very good at creating and promoting fake news).

Finally, can someone really be guilty of committing a crime if their brain isn’t fully developed? There’s no easy answer to that one. But the emerging field of neurolaw is starting to change the entire legal system in unexpected ways.

neuroscience, Nathan Lents, biology, P.T. Barnum, evolution, circus, bodies, law, Francis Shen

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