Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Robert Sapolsky to Speak at Stanford

Robert Sapolsky is a Stanford biology professor and primatologist, and he will be interviewed on November 12 at 7:30 pm in a public event at Cubberly Auditorium. I'm the research assistant for the series of events that Sapolsky's interview is part of, so I've had to work on figuring out what kinds of questions to ask him. I can represent without hesitation that he is an absolutely fascinating guy.

He has studied baboons in Kenya for over 20 years, and has insights from that not only into baboon behavior, but also into the implications for human behavior. He also studies, both in the field and in the lab, how stress affects health and brain activity. He is an atheist, and quite aggressive about it (could be a fifth horseman of the apocolyspe, if they were hiring). And he has written a memoir about his field work that is really interesting.

His style has led him to be called, by one observer, "the secret love child of Hunter Thompson and Jane Goodall." It should be an enjoyable evening.

Greg Priest

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