Psychologist Robert Kurzban says we need to rethink our understanding of the brain as the center of a unified self. When we contradict ourselves, we then say that we are deceiving ourselves or being hypocritical. But, argues Kurzban, there is no self. The brain is like a set of computer programs and in some cases it needs to contradict itself. That, he says, is an evolutionary adaption. He will be speaking this Thursday at UNLV's University Forum.
Robert Kurzban, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania