Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?


Recorded 02/15/2011:

Dr. Robert Sapolsky discusses his work as professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and as a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. His enviable gift for storytelling led the New York Times to print, "If you crossed Jane Goodall with a borscht-belt comedian, she might have written a book like A Primate's Memoir." Dr. Sapolsky's account of his early years as a field biologist. He is sure to dazzle and delight with tales of what it means to be human.


02 min 16 sec
Comparing Humans to Other Animals

03 min 03 sec
Q & A

00 min 27 sec
Q4: The Uniqueness of Hypocrisy

01 min 20 sec
Q8: Analyzing Animal Language

01 min 54 sec
Q9: Humans and Group Action

02 min 28 sec

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  1. I had only seen one snippet of this lecture previously (in a Symphony of Science video of all places). There are no words wasted in this full version of the lecture. It’s a fascinating, funny, and incredibly thought provoking observation about the human condition.

    May I offer you a warm beverage? ;-j


  2. Very nice. I don’t agree entirely with some of his points – the observed differences are in quantity and complexity rather than quality whereas he at times tries to savage that “special place” for human monkeys – but he presented a very compelling argument nevertheless.

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