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The Forum with Robert Sapolsky: At Our Best and Worst

October 07, 2018

9:30 am

About the conversation

In conversation with Malcolm Young, Sapolsky answers the question: why we do the things we do…for good and for ill and builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace.



About the Guest

Robert Sapolsky is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of biology, neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford.  He is also a research associate at the Institute for Primate Research at the National Museums of Kenya.  The focus of his career has been to understand human behavior in the context of biology.  His latest book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin, 2017).

TED Talk on the uniqueness of humans

On his book Behave

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


Gresham Hall


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