Fight Like An Animal

Fight Like An Animal searches for a synthesis of behavioral science and political theory that illuminates paths to survival for this planet and our species. Each episode examines political conflict through the lens of innate contributors to human behavior, offering new understandings of our current crises. Bibliographies: Periodic outbursts: Support:

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 1 hour 12 minutes


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Addiction, Madness, Despair pt. 3: Despair

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Addiction, Madness, Despair pt. 1: Addiction

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