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#27 Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (Robert Sapolsky, 2004/1994)

Will & Luke Discuss

This episode we explore stress: what it is, its physiological impacts, and what we can do about it. We talk about warning signs, burn-out, ways of de-activating the stress response, the impacts of chronic stress, and how to modulate it. We highlight in particular how the psychological and physiological cannot be considered as separate. With this in mind, we consider the social contributors of stress, and how the way we structure our time impacts our stress levels.    Hope you enjoy.  Will & Luke 00:00 Introductions  05:25 What stress is  11:10 Nervous System (Parasympathetic vs Sympathetic) and the Endrochrine System  14:30 Turning the stress response off  20:00 Realising the importance of science + truth  22:50 Early warning signs (Predictability and Control)  38:00 How we modulate our stress response (Impact of temperament, personality, world view) (Cognitive framing) (Impact of self esteem/self worth)  44:30 Stress and Depression  51:50 Social contributors and impacts of stress  59:15 Key takeaways for managing stress  1:07:14 Stress and Striving (overloading yourself) (Planning your week)  1:14:00 Final reflections This specific episode can also be seen on: https://youtu.be/Xg9rcnE8-WY Check our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Y_SKLFpax13442jA3giaw/videos Listen to us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2R1BRcriKWcvOU1XMJQhyW Listen to us on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/will-luke-discuss/id1572512365 Listen to us on Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81Zjk2YTNmYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Also available on: Anchor, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Radio Public.

1hr 19mins

12 Jul 2021

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18. Robert Sapolsky: “I Don’t Think We Have Any Free Will Whatsoever.”

People I (Mostly) Admire

He’s one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, with a focus on the physiological effects of stress. (For years, he spent his summers in Kenya, alone except for the baboons he was observing.) Steve asks Robert why we value human life over animals, why he’s lost faith in the criminal-justice system, and how to look casual when you’re about to blow-dart a very large and potentially unhappy primate.


6 Mar 2021

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Mental Models: Money, genetics and your brain, lessons from “Behave” by Robert Sapolsky: #70

Mental Models Podcast It's not a brain in a jar, that's the gist!

Financial insecurity impacts our brain and body throughout human development. Stress is increased with more authority & responsibility. Lessons from of Robert Sapolsky’s book “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst” For more on best investing strategies, avoiding bias and learning about your brain BUY 5 star reviewed book “Understanding Behavioral Bia$” on Amazon - link here: http://amzn.to/2XHtsOE Continue to listen to Mental Models Podcast to avoid the biases that are keeping you from making a profit in the market. Stay safe and healthy out there! Sapolsky's book provides a bird’s eye view on how our behavior evolves from seconds to months and years prior to the time that we act.It is well-stocked with excellent lessons about neuroscience, biology, genes, and culture. This lengthy book is engaging throughout and tackles complicated and controversial topics. Sapolsky provides an important biological link to explain the ways that we behave. He emphasizes that our biology is inextricably linked to our cultures and hierarchies. He takes on the challenges of social comparisons, wealth inequality, and systemic poverty. Relative positions in society link back to our mental health with implications for our health and biological function.Human happiness in the corporate world is discussed. It is impacted by A. Autonomy, B. Place in the hierarchy, and C. Number of direct supervised employees. A and B impact our well being in a positive way, while C increases our perceived stress.Three keys to lowering executive stress are noted: 1. Maintain a strong place in a hierarchy 2. Gain autonomy over your decisions3. Outsource much of the daily micro management Other critical drivers of behaviors are discussed related to market participation. These include economic exchange games including the ultimatum game. People who participate in high trade volume (whether it be in a financial market or a street market) tend toward making fair offers. This establishes trust and reputation which lead to human thriving and the development of productive civilizations. This has implications about need for autonomy and experience in growing your own success. Zero-sum thinking leads toward people avoiding you. There needs to be a healthy balance between cooperation and competition. You can go very far in life if you ensure that you maintain mutual benefit with any sort of deal you make.The book frames many sophisticated and complex behaviors in terms of evolutionary theory, genes, and neurobiology. Honor and revenge cultures lead to tremendous stress and unhappiness. Sapolsky reminds us that so many systems from culture down to genes is one of modulation. Links: Robert Sopolsky’s book “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”https://www.amazon.com/Behave-Biology-Humans-Best-Worst/dp/1594205078


3 Mar 2021

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134 | Robert Sapolsky on Why We Behave the Way We Do

Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

A common argument against free will is that human behavior is not freely chosen, but rather determined by a number of factors. So what are those factors, anyway? There’s no one better equipped to answer this question than Robert Sapolsky, a leading psychoneurobiologist who has studied human behavior from a variety of angles. In this conversation we follow the path Sapolsky sets out in his bestselling book Behave, where he examines the influences on our behavior from a variety of timescales, from the very short (signals from the amygdala) to the quite ancient (genetic factors tracing back tens of thousands of years and more). It’s a dizzying tour that helps us understand the complexity of human action.Support Mindscape on Patreon.Robert Sapolsky received his Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology from Rockefeller University. He is currently the John and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. His awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the McGovern Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Wonderfest’s Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.Stanford web pageWikipediaRobert Sapolsky Rocks (fan page)Amazon author pageYouTube lectures on Human Behavioral BiologyIMDbSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 28mins

15 Feb 2021

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#1268 Behave by Robert Sapolsky Summary #2

Christopher Walch – SDWT

today we are going through a summary of „Behave“ by Robert Sapolsky So it’s about psychology, biology and just about WHAT we do (behaviour) and WHY we do it. Very very interesting!!! provided by the www.thepowermoves.com site ————————————————————— 🎧The Podcast (Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher..) ————————————————————— https://www.anchor.fm/selfdevelopment_wt/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ms9lq2XRrgdy0rOrMYVUQ ————————————————————— 📝 The notes from the video as a pdf: ————————————————————— https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UXvZSTMabcVfMM2b23Ie9_t_evt7m86L?usp=sharing just search for the date the video was uploaded and or the title or anything I talked about in the episode ————————————————————— 🎵 Add background music to the video ————————————————————— https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BNmk8Kb9VNFD4SnE_lx4CxR60p1HfVLW ————————————————————— Short summary ————————————————————— This episode of the Self Development with Tactics / SDWT podcast is all about a summary of „Behave“ by Robert Sapolsky ————————————————————— 🔗Links to the sources: ————————————————————— https://thepowermoves.com/behave/ ————————————————————— 🌐 Social media ————————————————————— Self Development with Tactics/Christopher Walch on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walchchristopher Self Development with Tactics'/Christopher Walch's Podcast: https://www.anchor.fm/selfdevelopment_wt/ Self Development with Tactics/Christopher Walch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SelfTactics Self Development with Tactics/Christopher Walch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Selfdevelopment-With-Tactics Self Development with Tactics on Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/we-selfdevelopment Self Development with Tactics/Christopher Walch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ms9lq2XRrgdy0rOrMYVUQ Self Development With Tactics/Christopher Walch on Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/Christopher-Walch-SDWT-Podcast Self Development With Tactics/Christopher Walch on Medium: https://medium.com/@walchchristopher Self Development With Tactics/Christopher Walch Blog: https://christopherwalch.wordpress.com/ Self Development With Tactics/Christopher Walch on TikTok: No link yet.


1 Feb 2021

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Robert Sapolsky

City Arts & Lectures

This week, we are presenting an encore of a 2017 conversation with Dr. Robert Sapolsky. Sapolsky is a primatologist and neurologist with a unique gift for storytelling.  Oliver Sacks called him “one of the best scientist-writers of our time”.  Sapolsky has spent decades studying primate behavior.  One of his most consuming fascinations is how humans are both the most violent species on earth – as well as the most altruistic, cooperative, and empathetic. That paradox, and the factors behind it, are the subject of his most recent book “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”.  On May 22, 2017, Robert Sapolsky talked with psychology professor Dacher Keltner at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. 

1hr 11mins

10 Jan 2021

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Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersection of poverty and stress

Vox Conversations

Robert Sapolsky is a Stanford neuroscientist and primatologist. He’s the author of a slew of important books on human biology and behavior, including most recently Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. But it’s an older book he wrote that forms the basis for this conversation. In Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Sapolsky works through how a stress response that evolved for fast, fight-or-flight situations on the savannah continuously wears on our bodies and brains in modern life.But stress isn’t just an individual phenomenon. It’s also a social force, applied brutally and unequally across our society. “If you want to see an example of chronic stress, study poverty,” Sapolsky says.I often say on the show that politics and policy need to begin with a realistic model of human nature. This is a show about that level of the policy conversation: It’s about how poverty and stress exist in a doom loop together, each amplifying the other’s effects on the brain and body, deepening their harms.And this is a conversation of intense relevance to how we make social policy. Much of the fight in Washington, and in the states, is about whether the best way to get people out of poverty is to make it harder to access help, to make sure the government doesn’t become, in Paul Ryan’s memorable phrase, “a hammock.” Understanding how the stress of poverty acts on people’s minds, how it saps their will and harms their cognitive function and hurts their children, exposes how cruel and wrongheaded that view really is.Sapolsky and I also discuss whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, how studying monkeys in times of social change helps makes sense of the current moment in American politics, and much more. It’s worth your time.Book Recommendations:The 21 Balloons by William Pene DuboisChaos: Making a New Science by James GleickThe Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit by Melvin KonnerCredits:Producer/Audio engineer - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge KarmaPlease consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.New to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide (http://bit.ly/EKSbeginhere)Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 20mins

10 Dec 2020

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#384 Robert Sapolsky: Behavior, Self-control, Morality, Primates, Humans, and Religion

The Dissenter

------------------Support the channel------------ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedissenter SubscribeStar: https://www.subscribestar.com/the-dissenter PayPal: paypal.me/thedissenter PayPal Subscription 1 Dollar: https://tinyurl.com/yb3acuuy PayPal Subscription 3 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/ybn6bg9l PayPal Subscription 5 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/ycmr9gpz PayPal Subscription 10 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/y9r3fc9m PayPal Subscription 20 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/y95uvkao ------------------Follow me on--------------------- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedissenteryt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDissenterYT Dr. Robert Sapolsky is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biology and Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Dr. Sapolsky is the author of several informative and comical books that present cutting edge psychoneurobiological knowledge in an enjoyable, easy to read format. He's also a renowned researcher and award-winning professor at Stanford University. He’s the author of books like Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament, A Primate's Memoir, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. In this episode, we cover the following topics: how to think about the causes behind behavior; self-control without free will; how people develop their morality; the similarities and differences between humans and other primates; the role emotions play in decision-making; the effects of stress on baboons and humans; how hierarchies work in human societies; obedience; psychopathology and religion; and primate vocalizations and language. -- A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS/SUPPORTERS: KARIN LIETZCKE, ANN BLANCHETTE, PER HELGE LARSEN, LAU GUERREIRO, JERRY MULLER, HANS FREDRIK SUNDE, BERNARDO SEIXAS, HERBERT GINTIS, RUTGER VOS, RICARDO VLADIMIRO, BO WINEGARD, CRAIG HEALY, OLAF ALEX, PHILIP KURIAN, JONATHAN VISSER, DAVID DIAS, ANJAN KATTA, JAKOB KLINKBY, ADAM KESSEL, MATTHEW WHITINGBIRD, ARNAUD WOLFF, TIM HOLLOSY, HENRIK AHLENIUS, JOHN CONNORS, PAULINA BARREN, FILIP FORS CONNOLLY, DAN DEMETRIOU, ROBERT WINDHAGER, RUI INACIO, ARTHUR KOH, ZOOP, MARCO NEVES, MAX BEILBY, COLIN HOLBROOK, SUSAN PINKER, THOMAS TRUMBLE, PABLO SANTURBANO, SIMON COLUMBUS, PHIL KAVANAGH, JORGE ESPINHA, CORY CLARK, MARK BLYTH, ROBERTO INGUANZO, MIKKEL STORMYR, ERIC NEURMANN, SAMUEL ANDREEFF, FRANCIS FORDE, TIAGO NUNES, BERNARD HUGUENEY, ALEXANDER DANNBAUER, OMARI HICKSON, PHYLICIA STEVENS, FERGAL CUSSEN, YEVHEN BODRENKO, HAL HERZOG, NUNO MACHADO, DON ROSS, JOÃO ALVES DA SILVA, JONATHAN LEIBRANT, JOÃO LINHARES, OZLEM BULUT, NATHAN NGUYEN, STANTON T, SAMUEL CORREA, ERIK HAINES, MARK SMITH, J.W., JOÃO EIRA, TOM HUMMEL, SARDUS FRANCE, DAVID SLOAN WILSON, YACILA DEZA-ARAUJO, IDAN SOLON, ROMAIN ROCH, DMITRY GRIGORYEV, AND DIEGO LONDOÑO CORREA! A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY PRODUCERS, YZAR WEHBE, JIM FRANK, ŁUKASZ STAFINIAK, IAN GILLIGAN, SERGIU CODREANU, LUIS CAYETANO, MATTHEW LAVENDER, TOM VANEGDOM, CURTIS DIXON, BENEDIKT MUELLER, VEGA GIDEY, AND NIRUBAN BALACHANDRAN! AND TO MY EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS, MICHAL RUSIECKI, ROSEY, AND JAMES PRATT!


29 Oct 2020

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Special Guest Robert Sapolsky


I got a chance to talk to renowned Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky about the theme of us vs them. Who do we designate as us and why? I also ask Professor Saposlky about scapegoating in the animal world. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


13 Oct 2020

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18 - Dr. Josh Eldridge: Psychiatry, Free Will, and Robert Sapolsky

Deyus Life: An Aspirational Podcast

We sit down with Dr. Josh Eldridge and discuss life as a Psychiatrist, the battle of Free Will Vs Determinism, and the contentious ideas of Robert Sapolsky. We also talk about other things, but I like to do these descriptions in 3's for some reason. Anyways...Enjoy! Deyus Life is a show about interesting people and interesting conversations. Have a question or want to be featured on the show? Email deyuspod@gmail.com or visit deyuslifepod.com. We read and respond to EVERY email - including yours. Josh doesn't care about social media. He'd rather have you follow his amazing and talented friend: @jonthalinks

2hr 5mins

3 Jul 2020