Aug 19, 2010

New Baboon

John Horgan examines how Americans seem to have a completely different attitude toward war than we did 30 years ago. He takes us on a stroll through Hoboken, asking strangers one of the great unanswerable questions: will humans ever stop fighting wars? Strangely, everyone seems to know the answer. Robert Sapolsky brings us farther afield, to Eastern Africa, where a population of baboons defies his expectations of violent behavior. Robert is surprised to feel hopeful for a gentler future, but then primatologist Richard Wrangham asserts that their aggressive nature is innate, unchanging, and hanging over them like a guillotine.

THE LAB sticker

Unlock member-only exclusives and support the show

Exclusive Podcast Extras
Entire Podcast Archive
Listen Ad-Free
Behind-the-Scenes Content
Video Extras
Original Music & Playlists