Youtube Video of the Month – Categorical Thinking and How to Avoid It – Prof. Robert Sopolsky

Categorical thinking is thinking by assigning people or things to categories and then using the categories as though they represented something in the real world.

  • Having a period
  • Having a brain tumour
  • Eating junk food
  • Taking anabolic steroid

What do they have in common?

They have all been used in a court of law to explain the behaviour of a murderer.

This is a highly entertaining and incredibly interesting video of a lecture by Robert Sopolsky. This is high octane information at its best. You may want to watch this more than once as it covers so many aspects of human behaviour.

Professor Sopolsky is a neurologist and a primatologist and his books are incredibly interesting, I ham currently reading ‘Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst and this lecture is like an intro to that book.

So I hope you enjoy this and find the funny bits as funny as I did. Garry.

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