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2 July 2013

Are Humans Intrinsically Violent?

For the week of July 7th, 2013
Ever since humans first walked the Earth, an otherwise peaceable existence has been punctuated by periods of violence and warfare. Given its prevalence throughout recorded history and across cultures, should we conclude that violence is just part of the human experience?

  • Guest: Robert Elde, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, J.B. Johnston Land Grant Professor of Neuroscience
  • Issues: What genome projects are telling us about our violent tendencies; The complexity of the human brain; Why some cultures are more violent than others; What recent history might tell us about the future of violence among humans

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