"Mr. Cortex, We Love You!"
September 6, 2011 9:20 AM Subscribe
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In the early 1960s, actor/comedian/writer/composer/TV-star Steve Allen recorded How to Think
, an educational album about the brain and the mind.
Appropriately bicameral, one side of the record consisted of spoken-word vignettes and jazzy jingles about the various parts of the brain. The other side gave listeners an introduction to logical reasoning and how to be a responsible thinker. Allen, a lifelong skeptic and activist for secular humanism, composed the music and narrated, joined by his wife, Jayne Meadows, and their young son Bill.
Songs and topics include:
- "Thank Goodness That You've Got a Cerebellum"
- "Look for the Evidence"
- the difference between fact and opinion
- the difference between concrete and abstract
- why it's important to control your emotions
Another online source for this record, which includes a transcription of the liner notes, can be found here: