The Alfred & Tillie Shemanski Trust, The Family of Mila & Henry Eisenhardt, Seattle University & Temple De Hirsch Sinai Present 

The 38th Annual Clergy Institute Featuring 

Dr. Robert Sapolsky, Science and Nature Writer, Biologist and Neuroscientist, and Stress Expert

This talk is based on Dr. Sapolsky’s book “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”.

Ultimately, we humans are just another primate, the collectivity of our neurons. Given that, how do we make sense of our best and worst behaviors? This talk considers a range of topics…

  • What is the role of the most defining part of the human brain, the frontal cortex, in these behaviors?
  • What do genes and testosterone have to do with aggression?
  • Does the “love” hormone, oxytocin, really make us more empathic?
  • Are we the only species that shows the rudiments of altruism and sense of justice?
  • How could numerous species have evolved to cooperate, when there’s no incentive to be the first one to take that step?
  • And most importantly, how do we understand the biology of the context-dependency of all of this—how can it be that the identical behavior is appalling in one setting and magnificent in another?

The Biology of Good and Evil:

The Science Behind Behavior

Thursday, May 10, 9:30 AM—1:00 PM

Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle Campus, 1441 16th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

$15 per Person (Includes Lunch)

Scholars, Clergy of All Faiths & Lay People are Welcome

Clergy Institute Schedule

9:30 AM – Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM – Presentation/Discussion

11:45 AM – Lunch Discussion

Click Here to Register By May 7

About Dr. Robert Sapolsky
Dr. Sapolsky
is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic & PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Dr. Sapolsky and his research on the subject. The humor and humanity he brings to sometimes-sobering subject matter make Dr. Sapolsky a fascinating speaker. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression, and Alzheimer’s disease. (Courtesy of Steven Barclay Agency, Petaluma, CA). 

About Clergy Institute at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Currently in our 38th year, with the generous support of The Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust, the Family of Mila and Henry Eisenhardt, and Seattle University, Clergy Institute is a unique and enduring opportunity for interfaith study and discourse. Previous speakers have included internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Dr. Reza Aslan; internationally acclaimed Kabbalah scholar Professor Daniel C. Matt; and author, teacher and Bible translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman.

If you have any questions, please email Rabbi Kate Speizer, or call (206) 693-3046.