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Emotions and the unconscious both play a role in decision making. In this audio lecture at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, journalist David Brooks discusses what the seemingly disjointed topics neuroscience and sociology have in common, and why he feels that they are important. He talks about why some people succeed, and why some people don't. He also looks at the permeability of the human brain, how emotions give us the ability to remember and learn, and the shaping of thought processes. He also gives us his view on the emergence of human capital as a global currency, as well as his personal thoughts on today's American leaders.
David Brooks began a column in The New York Times in September 2003. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. Currently, Brooks is a commentator on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983, and worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau wire service.