Saturday, June 6, 2009

Robert Sapolsky On The Evolutionary Basis For Religion

I've watched several lectures online by Robert Sapolsky, a professor of Biological and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. He is a very engaging lecturer and the topics he touches on are very interesting.

In this lecture he explores the evolutionary basis and social development of religious belief (which unsurprisingly, is based on a mild form of schizophrenia known as "schizotypal personality"), and also talks about obsessive compulsive disorder and the evolutionary function of certain diseases or disorders.

Fascinating watch, if you have an hour to spare. And think about how much the students in the class are paying for a lecture we get to watch for free.

[Via BoingBoing]

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