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What can animals teach us about identity?
B. Natterson-Horowitz, MDB. Natterson-Horowitz, MDHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript45m
Some of mankind's most enduring questions are about who we are as individuals, how we can live successfully alongside others, & the tension between the two. What can we learn about identity from our furry, feathered and scaly friends?
Some of mankind's most enduring questions are centred on who we are as individuals, how we can live successfully alongside others, and the tension between the two. What can we learn about group dynamics and identity from our furry, feathered and scaly friends?

We may expect to be able to draw parallels between how humans behave in groups and the pack instincts of animals. It also probably seems like common sense that we can better understand the impact of loneliness on people by observing animals in isolation. But there are far more similarities between the behaviours and preoccupations of the human world and the animal one than you might expect, including gender identity, teamwork, sisterhood, xenophobia and appearance-based bullying.

B. Natterson-Horowitz's fascinating work at Harvard University and UCLA uses insight from the natural world to find new ways of approaching human health and development.

Studying a diverse range of animals in natural settings, B has uncovered adaptations with relevance to heart failure, sudden cardiac death, seizures, dementia, movement disorders, infertility and psychiatric conditions including anxiety, compulsive and eating disorders.

B joins us in The Garden to uncover the many ways in which the behaviours of humans in groups and alone can be illuminated by observing our animal cousins.

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Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

Humans aren’t the only species to suffer from mental health problems, heart disease, infertility or cancer. B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, takes us on a journey into the animal world in search of clues to help us understand our own health and behaviour.

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This reminds me of some of the discussion on Intersex by Alice Dreger in her recent Talk…and she’s back in the Garden to talk about the intersection between anatomy & identity next week with her talk on conjoined twins.
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What are some evolutionary adaptive reasons/ benefits for animals to have such hormonal flexibility - apart from those examples you gave where dominant males die or female animals are unable to ovulate?
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Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to share your knowledge and answer questions from curious strangers! I look forward to the next sessions!Carmen
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