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The Neuroscience Behind Behavior


Dr. Robert Sapolsky




Robert Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist and author. He is currently a professor of biology, and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and, by courtesy, neurosurgery, at Stanford University.


Thank you. Let me start off with a fantasy. A fantasy I've had. It involves, well, I've overpowered his elite. Guard. I've fought my way into a secret bunker and I've managed to knock his lugar out of his hand, his cyanide pill that he keeps to commit suicide. Rather than be captured, he snarls at me. He comes at me in a rage.

We wrestle. I manage to pin him down, put handcuffs on him, and then say, Adolph Hitler, I arrest you for crimes against humanity. This is where the, the Medal of Honor version of this fantasy ends and the imagery begins to darken. What would I do if I actually had Hitler in my hands? And it's not hard to imagine once I allow myself sever his spine, oh, I don't know, can I?

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