Are We Alone – Aware Am I?

by Gary Niederhoff on November 1, 2010

Humans are pleasure-seekers – from food to sex to fine art. But do we know why we crave what we do? Discover the surprising motivation behind our desires. Also, why our hedonistic cousins, the bonobos, may hold the secret to world peace.

Plus, self-awareness in monkeys: can they really pass the mirror test? Can bacteria, for that matter? Nope! But since you are, cell for cell, more microbe than human, you’ll want to know just how cognitively aware these critters are.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Paul Bloom on humans.
Part 2: Vanessa Woods on bonobos.
Part 3: Julie Neiworth on monkeys.
Part 4: Jim Shapiro on bacteria.

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