Reactions and takeaways from Sapolsky’s introduction to Human Behavior Biology

Reactions and takeaways from Sapolsky’s introduction to Human Behavior Biology

To start things off I found the section we had to watch of this video a little less interesting than the last one we had to watch. But either way hearing this guy talk is astonishing. Just by the way he talks and conveys his ideas and even sentences really shows his knowledge in his profession. The part of this video that stuck out the most to me was where he started talking about categorical thinking and how as humans we sort our thinking and things into precise categories. The examples he associated with this type if thinking were cool to look at and hear especially the one with the colors because it was very relatable in my opinion. Another interesting part was where he dived into a biology standpoint. He was talking about how sensory stimulation’s in an environment can cause certain neurons to be activated and produce a certain type of behavior. Along with neurons affecting certain types of behaviors Sapolsky also went into depth about certain hormones in an animal or an individual in the past few hours change how sensitive you can be to a certain sound, smell, etc. He claims with even tracing back to early life (fetal life) that all of these certain behaviors are different ways of expressing the same biological influences. Towards the end of the section Sapolsky claimed that looking at these behaviors they can be looked at from different views. Some of them were selection, evolution, fetal development. To put this in simpler way he calls the different categories of describing behavior “buckets”. In my opinion this enabled me to process what he was talking about a whole lot easier. Overall this clip seemed to have a lot more packed into it. He jumped around various ideas but in the end I got something out of it.

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