The Interdisciplinary Nature of Evolution with David Sloan Wilson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sloan Wilson discussing how everything can be explained by evolution, why the last 50 years of science have been groundbreaking, group-selection versus gene-centred evolution, and Darwinism’s shifts over time.

See also other episodes on evolution.

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Gregory Radick – Disputed Inheritance: The Battle over Mendel and the Future of Biology

The Dissenter | 5 February 2024 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Radick about his book Disputed Inheritance: The Battle over Mendel and the Future of Biology. Discusses the inter-relationships between the work of Mendel, Darwin and Francis Galton; the early 20C debate between William Bateson and W. F. R. Weldon about whether Mendelian genetics should be the standard entry point for learning about genes. Argues that if Weldon had lived longer and his view of Mendelian genetics as a special case ignoring environmental effects won out, we would have framed genetics fundamentally differently, with less of a framing of heredity as destiny.

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Darwin’s Investing Lessons w/ Kyle Grieve

We Study Billionaires | 2 January 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Kyle Grieve shares the lessons he learned from reading What I Learned About Investing From Darwin by Pulak Prasad. Focuses on three key principles: avoiding big risks, buying high-quality at a fair price, and don’t be lazy – be very lazy.

See also The 7investing Podcast interview with Pulak Prasad.

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Cat Bohannon Rewrites the History of the Female Body in Eve

KQED’s Forum | 5 October 2023 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cat Bohannon about her book Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution. Discusses evolutionary history, arguing that until recently scientists have effectively ignored women: the majority of subjects in clinical drug trials are male, and too many researchers still mistakenly assume that sex differences are mainly about sex organs, rather than a panoply of biological and physiological features that evolved in the female body over millions of years.

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Michael Muthukrishna on Developing a Theory of Everyone

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 30 October 2023 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about his book A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Brings together ideas from cultural evolution, energy engineering, economics, and psychology to outline an integrated theory providing basic organising principles for society based on how people relate to each other and to the physical resources available spelled out as ‘laws’ of energy, innovation, cooperation, and evolution.

Have you bought this book yet? You really must. The highest praise I can give it is that it feels like the next book that Matt Ridley might have written.

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Hugo Mercier on Reasoning and Skepticism

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 17 April 2023 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hugo Mercier about his books The Enigma of Reason and Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe. Argues that reason evolved as a means to give reasons to other people in order to convince them to do what we want them to. Suggests that the usual human failure is to be too sceptical and that we need to be more open to honestly evaluating information.

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Greger Larson: Animal Domestication and Human Evolution

The Dissenter | 31 August 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Greger Larson about the domestication of animals. Discusses the evidence from genetics and archaeology about how domestication got started; the impact of animal domestication on human evolution; issues with how we think about domestication and the supposed intentionality behind it; how we should think about the early stages of our relationship with other animal species; and insights from animal domestication on the timing of human dispersal.

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