Brain Games Summer Premiere Continues Tonight

The brain busters continue tonight as Brain Games host Jason Silva pits animal against human and unleashes your imagination.

In Animal v. Human, we explore who the top dog really is. Are we the most dominant species on the planet? While we’re not the strongest, fastest, or largest and don’t have the best sight, smell, or hearing, the secret to our supremacy is in our brains.

BROOKLYN, NY - Host Jason Silva poses with a group of pea fowl at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY.

(photo credit:  NG Studios/Stephen Holtzhauser)
BROOKLYN, NY – Host Jason Silva poses with a group of pea fowl at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY.

(photo credit: NG Studios/Stephen Holtzhauser)

However, even though we are a part of the species with the biggest brainpower on the planet, we’re not as superior as you think. For example, birds can create complex sounds that humans can’t replicate and can also differentiate between faces, both animal and human, while we can only tell one another apart.

So who is our closest counterpart? Primates.

Scientists have observed that chimpanzees use gestures to communicate with each other, and were able to teach chimps and gorillas to use human-style sign language. A bonobo named Kanzi was able to communicate in symbols and mimic English syntax and grammar.

However, our evolved brains and complex capabilities keep us on top, as we can form detailed memories, create groundbreaking inventions, and explore our imagination.

In Imagination, we explore how we can use it to help us solve daily problems and make decisions. Jason Silva uses a series of games to help you tap into the imaginative process to keep the creative ideas flowing and perceptions from getting the best of you.

Find out how imagination can trick you in this digital extra:

Tune in for part two of Brain Games summer premiere tonight at 9/8c on NGC and be sure to continue on your mind matrix journey with our latest quizzes!