Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on Human Evolution and Parenthood

The Life Scientific | 7 November 2023 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Blaffer Hrdy about her life and work researching evolutionary biology. Discusses her study of infanticide among langur monkeys that overturned assumptions about male monkeys’ murderous motivations; reproductive and parenting strategies across species and the evidence humans are primed by evolution to need a lot of support raising our children.

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Alessandra Cassar: Female Competitiveness, Cooperative Breeding, and Market Development

The Dissenter | 3 April 2023 | 2h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alessandra Cassar discussing female competitiveness and what motivates it; sex differences in competitiveness, and their effects in the workplace and the job market; the evolution of prosociality anchored to human cooperative breeding; how civil conflict affects trust and market development; the effects of natural disasters on altruism; how microfinancing works, and how social capital applies to it; the role of goals, incentives, and support groups in the success of microentrepreneurs; what financial exclusion is; and networked markets.

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Why Are Most Humans Religious? Professor Robin Dunbar

Rocking Our Priors | 17 January 2023 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his book How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures. Considers how much of religiosity can be explained from an evolutionary perspective; religion’s role in legitimising hierarchy, control, and female self-sacrifice; the importance of group rituals; and more.

The host of this podcast, Alice Evans, is an absolute treat to follow on Twitter.

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Gossiping for Mates | Dr. Tania Reynolds

Species | 21 November 2022 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tania Reynolds about aspects of female competition for males. Discusses gossip, dieting, makeup and clothing, pretty privilege, the limits of beauty, the evolution of homosexuality, evolutionarily formed self-help and friendship and more.

Via the excellent Alice Evans and it’s well worth reading her Twitter thread in response to the episode.

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Sarah Hill – The Psychological Impact Of Hormonal Birth Control

Modern Wisdom | 21 November 2022 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Hill about her book This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Discusses why hormonal birth control can make women prioritise wealth in men, why women who come off are less sexually satisfied with partners they chose when they were on birth control, the relationship between taking the pill with anxiety, depression, bisexuality and stress, whether it’s a good thing for women to have sex with men who they wouldn’t marry, and more.

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Melanie MacEacheron: The Evolution of Motherhood and Feminism

The Dissenter | 11 July 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Melanie MacEacheron about her research on motherhood and marital surname changes. Discusses the evolutionary psychology perspective on motherhood; sex differences in mateships and romantic relationships; marital surname changes and the factors and predictors associated with them; and whether feminism and evolutionary psychology need to be in conflict with one another.

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Francesca Luberti: The Relationship Between Mating Strategies and Socio-Political Orientation

The Dissenter | 13 May 2022 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Francesca Luberti about the relationship between mating strategies and socio-political orientation, and laughter. Discusses how socio-political orientation is a function of mating market appeal, age and agenda; why people care about other people’s mating strategies; the rationale behind suppressing female sexuality; support for same-sex rights and for economic issues, like wealth redistribution; and the role sex ratios. Also touches on laughter.

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Can Evolution Explain Everything? feat. Douglas Kenrick

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 9 April 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Kenrick about ideas from his books on evolutionary psychology. Discusses his work integrating models from evolutionary biology and cognitive science to study the effects of fundamental social motivations on basic cognitive processes.

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