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Dr. Yuval Laor is a prominent behavioral and cultural scientist who studies evolutionary biology and religion. A graduate of Tell Aviv University and specializing in religious fever and awe, he is highly influential in the world of academic cult studies.
Yuval returns to the show to share with Rachel some of his findings on temporal lobe epilepsy and the hyper-religiosity it can induce. He goes on to explain the personality traits of those who suffer from this condition and how they coincide with those of cult leaders. Throughout the conversation, Rachel confirms some of the neurological conclusions Yuval outlines by comparing them to her own experience working with cult survivors.
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