Lecture 3 – Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Have you ever seen a face in a piece of burnt toast? Why are our brains so obsessed with people-patterns?

It's not just other humans either, your brain likes to give a personality to anything that shows a hint of character; whether it's your teddy bear, your pet fish or even your car.

Yet there are elements of being human that prove virtually impossible to recreate artificially. Can a robot ever fall in love?

With sensors to measure our response to some revealing live demonstrations, Bruce Hood looks at what makes the human brain so special and how it is built to read other people's minds. Why do you feel pain when somebody else gets hurt? What attracts you to another person? Are your eyes a window to your soul?

Discover what makes us truly human.

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Being human


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Bruce Hood



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