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National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games became a hit right out the gate with 1.5 million viewers in its first episode this week. The channel’s highest rated series launch is poised to become one of those sneakily educational family favorites with its mix of brain teasers, optical illusions, and fun experiments.

It helps that engaging “performance philosopher,” “techno optimist” host Jason Silva manages to slow down his pace from something as dizzyingly frenetic as his TedGlobal 2012 video on radical openness, yet still conveys a passion for exploring what the show calls “your mind’s mad skills.” Just watch this exclusive video from one of the Monday, April 29 episodes (9 & 9:30 ET/PT) as he illustrates how good your brain is at recognizing threats.

What does it say that I mostly saw the girl in the hard hat?

The other episode airing that night delves into the science behind how our brains detects, interprets and reacts to motion, and how it could be fooled. Have you checked out the new show? Think you would with your kids?

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