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Friday, October 18 • 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Why We Should Abolish the Criminal Justice System (As Well As Praise Our Children)

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At the end of the day, we humans are just another primate, with our behaviors reflecting the fact that we are nothing more or less than our biology (in a social context, of course).  This talk reviews the biology underlying our behavior — from the most compassionate to the cruelest.  Crucially, that requires considering everything from events in the brain one second before the behavior to evolutionary forces a million years before.  When all these factors are considered, the notions of agency, responsibility, blame, praise and free will become very suspect.  

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Robert M. Sapolsky

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor and Professor of Biology, of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Robert Sapolsky is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and has been called “one of the finest natural history writers around” by the New York Times. In studying wild baboon populations, Sapolsky examined how prolonged stress can cause physical and mental afflictions... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm PDT