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The Biology of Good and Evil

Wed, April 5, 2017
Dinner Program
Robert Sapolsky

Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, wonders why do we do the things we do and digs deep in the history of our species and its genetic inheritance to posit answers.

Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic and PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Sapolsky and his research on the subject. In addition to A Primate’s Memoir, which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, Sapolsky has written three other books, including The Trouble with TestosteroneWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008. His articles have appeared in publications such as Discover and The New Yorker, and he writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Mind & Matter.”

His newest book entitled: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst will be published in May 2017 by Penguin Press.

Professor Sapolsky's Athenaeum talk is part of the Science and Skepticism series co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

(Source: Steven Barclay Agency Website)

Photo Credit: Thompson McClellan Photography

Food for Thought: Podcast with Robert Sapolsky


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