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Ig Nobel Prize winners will illuminate the evolutionary basis of human mind. These awards focus on scientific achievement that first makes people laugh, and then makes them think. The prizes celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative, and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. The Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology in 1995 went to Shigeru Watanabe and his colleagues for their success in training pigeons to discriminate the paintings of Picasso from those of Monet. The prize in Cognitive Science in 2008 went to Toshiyuki Nakagaki and his colleagues for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles. The prize in Physiology in 2011 went to Anna Wilkinson and her colleagues for their study, which did not find evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed tortoises. The session intends to illuminate the fundamental questions such as "What is uniquely human", "What is human mind?", "Where did we come from?"
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