This is Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on May 29, 2020. I’m Steve Mirsky. On this episode:
That’s Robert Sapolsky. He’s a professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford University. He’s also a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya. In the lab he’s a neurobiologist who studies the effects of stress. In the field he’s a primatologist who looks at individual differences in stress, behavior, and health among wild baboons living in a national park. He’s the author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers and A Primate’s Memoir. And his most recent book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.
I had seen him give talks in person and read his work, so I jumped at the chance to be in his company on a Scientific American lecture cruise last summer. We spoke aboard ship somewhere in the English Channel. Midway through our chat, we’ll take a six-minute break sponsored by the Kavli Prize about the most recent winners, announced May 27th. And now, Robert Sapolsky.
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We’ll be back with more from Robert Sapolsky after this.
Now back to Robert Sapolsky.
By the way, Sapolsky called his book unreadable. Chapter 2 is a 60-page history and primer of neuroscience that can be a bit challenging. But the rest of the book is very readable. And thought-provoking. And fun.
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