Robert Sapolsky lectures on religion – "metamagical thinking" and schizotypalism

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I thought this was a pretty fascinating lecture. The main theme is trying to understand why things like religion and schizophrenia have been so evolutionarily successful when their modern full-blown expression is disastrously maladaptive. Similar to the Jaynesian theory I have been supporting on my site, Sapolsky basically argues that there were once great selection pressures on people who had schizotypal personalities provided they heard their voices “at the right time,” within the proper shamanic context. The Jaynesian would take this same principle and greatly expand it by saying “it was almost always the right time to hallucinate because everyone was schizotypal until the development of modern consciousness.”

Also, do yourself a favor and check out Sapolsky’s fascinating 2009 Class Day Lecture entitled “The Uniqueness of Humans.”

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3 responses to “Robert Sapolsky lectures on religion – "metamagical thinking" and schizotypalism

  1. Pingback: Language and thought: A Jaynesian Perspective | Minds and Brains

  2. I keep clicking links and getting 404 page not found, anybody have a good link for this Sapolsky lecture?

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