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Alison Gopnik + Brian Cox

Talk about Nothing

Saturday, November 6, 2010
7:00 PM–8:30 PM

“Nothing will come of nothing.” –William Shakespeare, King Lear
Can we understand King Lear better through the mind of a child? Psychologist Alison Gopnik argues that the minds of children could help us understand deep philosophical questions. A father of a new family of two, acclaimed British Shakespearean Brian Cox is asked to revisit Lear’s existentialist questions.
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Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children’s learning and development and was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions.

Scottish actor Brian Cox is widely known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained great recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many Hollywood productions, including Rushmore, The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, and Braveheart.
See Mr. Cox at work here!