The Uniqueness of Humans

Robert Sapolsky  -- one of the world's leading neurobiologists, a MacArthur Fellow, Stanford professor, and author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers -- breaks down an intriguing question. Precisely in what ways are we (humans) different from other animals inhabiting our world? The differences are fewer than we think. But there are some, and they'll make you sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes a little more confident in humanity, and sometimes motivated to change the world, even in these cynical times. The inspiration happens during the last minute. So stay with this engaging talk until the very last.

via TED's Best of the Web


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  • Loved the lecture which was delivered in such an amusing way. As you say, the punchline is at the very end and is worth waiting for. What is impressive to me is that, due to the wonders of new technology, I can join the graduates in that basketball hall and attend the lecture, thanks for the seat and well done Professor Sopolsky.

  • Anonymous says:

    The variations are less than we think. But there are some, and they’ll make you sometimes rough, sometimes a little more in no doubt in humanity and little different every things. I hope fully you can take it.

  • Alison Gang says:

    If this subject interests you, check out this series of videos from UC San Diego that explore the origins of humanity and the many facets of what makes us human – from love to art to language.
    http://www.uctv.tv/carta/

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting. Great lecture

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