Dr. Peter Whybrow
Mark and Francis take aim at those who protest Montana's Bison Hunt, where it seems all sides of the controversy are a little bit ridiculous. Bison, once near extinction have made a miraculous come back. Allowing Bison to be harvested for meat has helped restore the population to the point where they have been removed from the endangered species list.
Peter Whybrow is Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (previously known as the Neuropsychiatric Institute) at UCLA and the Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is an expert on the brain and human behavior and author of 5 books, including American Mania, When More Is Not Enough. Peter's book is a fascinating read on the culture of consumption in America and it deals in a particularly interesting way with food consumption, dining and dining rituals.
Dr. Whybrow points out how, by virtue of being a country of immigrants, we are unique. Only about 2% of the world's population leave their home to move to an entire new place. Those who do are optimistic, risk takers that are more assertive and aggressive than others. Our entire culture is built on this type of outlook. Physiologically, man is designed to handle poverty. In previous era, Man had to run for his dinner. If he didn't catch it, he didn't eat. While well equipped to deal with scarcity, humans are less well-equipped deal with abundance.
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Podcast Date: 11/21/2005