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Science & Society Initiative

A three-year joint program with the Laboratory for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology at Stanford University Medical School, Science and Society: Frontiers of the Mind hosts lectures, webinars, and fellowships on the most recent discoveries of neuroscience for audiences in Iran.

The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert Sapolsky

“Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans” by Dr. Frans de Waal

Does morality come from God, as many religions believe, offering a foundation of theocracy, or could there be biological explanations that have more to do with evolution than Divine design? In his lecture at Stanford in 2016, Professor De Waal discussed the sense of fairness in animals and reviewed expressions of empathy in animals.        

Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. 


Listen to his March 2016 talk 

Frans de Waal on stage