Robert Kurzban on Being Strategically Wrong

Rationally Speaking | 9 July 2017 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Kurzban about his book Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind. Describes the “modular mind” hypothesis and how it explains hypocrisy, self-deception, and other seemingly irrational features of human nature. Debates how useful these kinds of “strategic wrongness” really are.

Geoffrey Miller – Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech

Science Salon | 2 December 2019 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about his book Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech. Discusses virtue signaling and why we all do it; how the phrase “virtue signaling” became a derogatory political meme; how virtue signaling really works and why it is not a bad thing; why evolutionary psychology is not based on “just so” story telling; how multiple traits can be selected at once; individual selection versus group selection; the role of virtue signaling in the evolution of the moral sentiments; how virtue signaling helps produce real morality (and not just fake altruism); gender differences in career preferences; neurodiversity and speech codes; cultural diversity; and why social groups tend to splinter and defenestrate members who are not sufficiently virtuous.

Civilization: Recalculating the Price of Progress

The Next Big Idea | 7 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Ryan abut ideas from his book Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. Explores, with an evolutionary psychology perspective, what we can learn from people in non-civilised societies, who tend to be healthier, happier and more fulfilled, notwithstanding their lack of cutting edge science and technology.

Geoffrey Miller on Signaling, Mating, and Morality

The Psychology Podcast | 11 June 2020 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about elements of evolutionary psychology such as virtue signalling, altruism, sexual selection, and their role in the evolution of human nature.

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Do You Really Need?

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 24 January 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his work on human social networks behind the eponymous Dunbar’s number. Maintaining a friendship is cognitively demanding and our brains may be wired with a limit to the number of stable social relationships we can handle. Dunbar started his career studying African monkeys before turning his attention to less hairy hominids. His key discovery? That a primate’s brain size seems to dictate the size of their social networks and the number of relationships they can maintain.

The Ape that Understood the Universe

The Insight| 16 April 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams about the ideas in The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve. Discusses sex differences, the origins of cooperation and altruism, and group selection.

Cordelia Fine on Testosterone Rex

London Review Bookshop Podcasts | 18 April 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cordelia Fine, author of Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society. Examines the interplay between nature and nurture in the construction of gender and argues that differences between the sexes are overstated.

Robin Hanson Will Change How You Think

The Not Unreasonable Podcast | 3 January 2018 | 1h 02m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain, about how we are not motivated in the way we say we are or think we should be.