How The Simpsons make us human

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2011 11:12 am

If you’re interested in language, computers, and human cognition, check out my brother Ben’s first piece for the Atlantic, in which he pops the hype balloon that has inflated around the Watson computer’s performance on “Jeopardy.” Suddenly, my stash of Simpsons trivia has become profound!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Evolution, Link Love

Comments (2)

  1. Daniel J. Andrews

    heh…now I know what a snowclone is. Didn’t realize the overlord one had originated with The Simpsons. I must have seen that episode in a rerun and assumed they had picked it up from popular culture somewhere rather than it being the source of a pop culture reference first time it aired.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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