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Robert Sapolsky
"Emergence and Complexity"
Are Humans Just Another Primate?

"If you want to understand how really complex systems work… systems like a cell.  Or an individual.  Or a society…"

-Robert Sapolsky

A one minute excerpt from Robert Sapolsky’s excellent talk (see the whole thing on youtube, or see my first excerpt) about whether humans are “just another primate”.  During the questions following the talk, he fields a question about the role of group human behaviours, and (to my great delight) responds by talking about complexity and emergence in general.  I’ll give the last word back to Sapolsky:

"…what it should caution against, is this extreme faith in reductionism."