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Psychologist examines ‘The Human Intellect’ in new podcast

Advances in computers and new psychology research have raised questions about the intellectual dominance of homo sapiens, says David Pizarro, associate professor of psychology. He examines these questions in “The Human Intellect,” a new episode in the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series.

“Never in the history of humankind have our brains seemed so obviously limited,” says Pizarro in the podcast. “Intellectual superiority can no longer be so proudly held up as the defining characteristic of our species.”

“What Makes Us Human?” from the College of Arts and Sciences showcases the newest thinking from across the disciplines about what it means to be human in the 21st century. Featuring three- to four-minute audio essays written and recorded by Cornell faculty members, the series releases a new episode each Tuesday through the fall.

“What Makes Us Human” podcasts are available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud and for streaming at, where text versions of the essays are also posted.

- Linda B. Glaser

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