Eugene Mirman is an endlessly curious comedian who has come a long way since his 2.1 high school GPA. Join him on his mission, that he often derails, to learn more about science.
In The Continuing Education of Eugene Mirman, MIT professor Rebecca Saxe joins Eugene on stage to teach him something about cognitive neuroscience (that he knows nothing about). Journalist Anna Rothschild will keep Eugene on-task by asking informed questions to guide his (and our) education. Eugene’s new approach to learning will make for an entertaining lesson!
Rebecca Saxe is a cognitive neuroscientist, and a professor at MIT. Her research addresses the human brain’s astonishing capacity for complex abstract thought. She is especially known for her work on “Theory of Mind,” people’s ability to think about the thoughts, beliefs, plans, hopes and emotions of other people. Professor Saxe has authored more than 100 articles, and is proud to have mentored more than a dozen talented graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Her 2009 TED talk has been watched 2.9 million times.
Eugene Mirman is a comedian and actor. He voices “Gene” on Fox’s Emmy Award winning animated series Bob’s Burgers and hosts the Audible podcast, Hold On. He appeared regularly on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and Archer, and has two standup comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. Eugene is also a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science/ comedy show, StarTalk.
Anna Rothschild, award-winning science journalist and multimedia producer, is a Washington Post science reporter and host of “Anna’s Science Magic Show Hooray” (coming soon from The Washington Post). She created and hosted the popular YouTube series “Gross Science” for NOVA and PBS Digital Studios.