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Sympathy for the Inner Caveman: Navigating Modernity with an Ancient Brain

Tue Feb 15, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet people are more divided and miserable than ever. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled and yet our political landscape grows ever more toxic and rates of suicide, loneliness and chronic illness continue to climb. What explains this dissonance? And how do we address it?

For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our woes is clear: The modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies. We evolved to live in clans, but today most people do not know their neighbors’ names. Survival in our earliest societies depended on leveraging the advantages of our sex differences, but today even the concept of biological sex is increasingly dismissed as offensive. The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we’re not built for is killing us.

In this presentation, Heying and Weinstein cut through the politically fraught discourse surrounding issues like sex, gender and more to outline a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life. They distill more than 20 years of research and first-hand accounts from the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth into straightforward principles and guidance for confronting our culture of hyper-novelty.


Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein

Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein

Evolutionary Biologists