The Power of Memes – Susan Blackmore

Dilemma Podcast | 21 October 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Blackmore backgrounding mimetics – which analogises Darwinian evolution to explore how ideas propagate with replication, selection and variation. Draws on her book The Meme Machine.

Peter Richerson: Morality from an Evolutionary Perspective

This View of Life | 13 August 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter J. Richerson discussing morality from an evolutionary perspective. Draws on his book Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution, co-authored with Robert Boyd.

Peter Gray on Education as a Biological Phenomenon

This View of Life | 21 October 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Gray about his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Applies an evolutionary perspective to education, arguing for child-lead learning on the grounds that children are evolved to learn what they need to know by imitating adults.

Jonathan Losos: Urban Evolution

EdgeCast | 1 April 2017 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Jonathan Losos discusses the history of coming to terms with the fast pace of evolution. Covers examples of urban evolution by natural selection; small population genetic drift; the greater capacity for adaptation afforded by the mixing together of genetically differentiated populations; and phenotypic plasticity. Draws from his book Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.

Adam Hart’s Unfit For Purpose

Little Atoms | 13 July 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Hart about his book Unfit for Purpose: When Human Evolution Collides with the Modern World. Discusses the mismatch between our biological adaptations and our modern environment, so that our bodies struggle to cope with the modern diet, stress, social media and “fake news”.

Sean B. Carroll on Randomness and the Course of Evolution

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 October 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean B. Carroll about the importance of randomness and unpredictability in life, from the evolution of species to the daily routine of every individual. Includes an overview of the evolution of the thinking about evolution, especially the modern evo-devo revolution. Draws from his book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You.

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

The Insight | 25 April 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Spencer Wells tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace’s life: his specimen collecting in South America and Indonesia, the development of his insights into natural selection, and his relationship with Charles Darwin.

Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 16 March 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil Shubin about his book Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Discusses the discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae, an ancient species of fish that was in the process of learning to walk and breathe on land; how these major transitions happen – typically when evolution finds a way to re-purpose existing organs into new roles – and how we can learn about them by studying living creatures and the information contained in their genomes.