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Chaos and Reductionism

Robert Sapolsky | 1:37:33


 Stanford University. 


We are not going to work our way through the behavior on the right and march to the left. And instead we'll be trying to come up with some ideas that are going to apply to everything we hear about in here. And overall, um, these are, uh, probably the most difficult lectures of the course, the most difficult material.


Um, in part because I'm not sure if I completely understand what I'm talking about, but also because this is intrinsically some really different ways of thinking about things in the realm of science. And that's one of the reasons why I forced you guys to read this chaos book. And again, as I think I mentioned in the first lecture, this insight.


Subset of people to passionate, you know, enthusiasm about the book. Um, it incites another small subset into just the most greatest level of irritation that this was sign. And everybody else is just vaguely puzzled and kind of, sort of sees the point. But how come this book, when I first read it, and so my first introduction to the whole field, this was like the first book I had read where I finished it and immediately started over again.


First one since like where the wild things are in terms of influence. This was incredibly challenging book in terms of questioning all the ways in which I think about sort of reductive science. And hopefully it will do the same for you. And as part of it, uh, posted, there is your one and only homework assignment of the entire course, uh, which just to make things easier will not be collected or looked at.

But what you should do is there's a whole exercise up there in generating something that are called cellular. Uh, do not panic yet. There's plenty of time to panic where you will be making some of those on your own. And all I ask from you guys in terms of making sense of these exercises is do not sleep between now and Friday.

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