David Buss – When Men Behave Badly

The Dissenter | 26 April 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Buss about his book When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault. Discusses what sexual conflict is, from an evolutionary perspective; the evolutionary roots of behaviours like sexual deception, harassment and assault; sociocultural perspectives about sexual conflict, and how they complement evolutionary psychology; rape, mate-guarding behaviour, and mate value discrepancies and their effects; evolutionary mismatches in sexual conflict; possible evolutionary explanations for the #metoo movement and the incel movement; possible strategies to prevent sexual violence; and using evolutionary psychology to improve their relationship satisfaction.

The Modern Wisdom interview with David Buss is also worth a listen.

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

The Michael Shermer Show | 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.

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.

See also Saloni Dattani on the Debate Over Whether Male and Female Brains Are Different.