Steve Stewart-Williams – Why Are Differences Between Men & Women Being Denied?

Modern Wisdom | 20 May 2024 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steve Stewart-Williams about his book The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve. Discusses evolutionary psychology, what most people get wrong about understanding sex differences, the gender equality paradox, why humans have such strange sexual desires, why men tend to insult their intimate partners, how to deal with the discomfort of learning evolutionary psychology, dysgenic gene erosion, and more.

I really liked this book and also recommend Stewart-Williams’ Substack The Nature-Nurture-Nietzsche Newsletter. He is a great follow on Twitter, in part, for his curation and retweeting of other excellent content.

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The Science of Social Networks with Nicholas Christakis

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 29 April 2024 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Christakis about his research on social networks and biosocial science – ideas from his books Connected, Blueprint, and Apollo’s Arrow. Discusses how genes can influence our social networks, the dynamics of social contagion, and why the arc of human evolution bends towards goodness. Highlights include the efficiency of learning by copying what others do, the principle that the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs, network science, and the influence of modern technology on human social interactions.

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Culture as Human Super Power in Evolution feat. Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 6 February 2024 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson about their book A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution. Discusses evolution and human culture, with particular attention to women and children; how the use of tools and the stacking of technologies set humans apart from other animals; the transitions our primate ancestors had to make to evolve; and how modern cultural roles affect and inform and explain current human birthrates.

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Fermentation, Fire, and Our Big Brains

Many Minds | 22 February 2024 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Katherine Bryant and Erin Hecht about their paper Fermentation Technology as a Driver of Human Brain Expansion. Argues that fermented foods could have provided the caloric boost that allowed our brains to expand. Discusses how the human body differs from the bodies of other great apes, not just in terms of our brains but also in terms of our bowels. Describes how fermented foods provide nutritional benefits over unfermented foods. Considers how fermentation – which basically happens whether you want it to or not – would have been cognitively easier to harness than fire. Along the way, touches on kiviaq, chicha, makgeolli, hákarl, natto, Limburger cheese, salt-rising bread, and other arguably delectable products of fermentation.

See also the episodes with Richard Wrangham about the arguments for cooked food providing the caloric boost that allowed our brains to expand.

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Christoph Adami on How Information Makes Sense of Biology

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 February 2024 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christoph Adami about his book The Evolution of Biological Information: How Evolution Creates Complexity, from Viruses to Brains. Discusses information theory and how it helps us to understand organisms, evolution, and the origin of life.

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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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