ROBERT SAPOLSKY

Robert Sapolsky is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of biology, neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford University, and a research associate at the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya.  He has spent many decades studying the biology of behavior, both as a laboratory neuroscientist and as a field biologist studying wild baboons in East Africa.  His latest book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Scribner, 2017).

The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Humans are a puzzle in that we are simultaneously the most violent and destructive species on earth, while also being the most cooperative, altruistic and compassionate.  How do we make sense, biologically, of this paradox of human nature?  Are we just another primate?  Are we just a collection of neurons?  In trying to understand a behavior of ours, we need to explore everything from the events that occurred in the person's brain one second before, to the selective forces of evolution that occurred millions of years before.

Dec 3, 2020

The event we will hold with Branko Milanović, the new guest of Boğaziçi Lectures, will be on December 3, 2020 at 18:00. Click to register for the ev

Dec 3, 2020

The last quarter century of globalization has witnessed the largest reshuffle of global incomes since the Industrial revolution. The main factor behind the "reshuffle" was the rise of China, and to a slightly lesser extent, of all Asia.

Apr 6, 2020

Why do we tell and engage with (listen, read, watch, play) stories compulsively? In our world of usually unsparing evolutionary competition, good information matters for organisms of every kind.

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Recent Changes in Worldwide Income Distribution and Their Political Effects

The last quarter century of globalization has witnessed the largest reshuffle of global incomes since the Industrial revolution. The main factor behind the "reshuffle" was the rise of China, and to a slightly lesser extent, of all Asia.

BRANKO MILANOVIC - Recent changes in worldwide income distribution and their political effects/Dünya çapında gelir dağılımındaki son değişiklikler ve politik etkileri

The event we will hold with Branko Milanović, the new guest of Boğaziçi Lectures, will be on December 3, 2020 at 18:00. Click to register for the event to be held on zoom.

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Why are we a storytelling species?

Why do we tell and engage with (listen, read, watch, play) stories compulsively? In our world of usually unsparing evolutionary competition, good information matters for organisms of every kind.

Convergence and Football