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Richard W. Smith Lecture in Cultural Studies – "Recent Research on Brain Chemistry: A Revolution in the Sciences of Good and Evil" with Dr. Paul Zak

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:00pm

Whitsett Room



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Why do human beings engage in courageous acts of compassion but also perpetrate violence? Could the apparent flip-flopping morality of our species have a hidden explanation? 

His new book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity is a first-hand account of the discovery of a molecule that makes us moral. It reveals that compassion is part of our human nature, why loneliness can kill you, and why your neighbor may be a psychopath. From the laboratory to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Paul Zak takes you on an amazing journey that reveals what it means to be human.