Victor Kumar on A Better Ape

The Dissenter | 29 August 2022 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Victor Kumar about his book A Better Ape: The Evolution of the Moral Mind and How it Made us Human. Discusses gene-culture coevolution; the three ingredients of the moral mind: core moral emotions, core moral norms, and a capacity for open-ended moral reasoning; moral intuition; moral reasoning; moral progress; institutional moralities; the role of religion, and moral philosophy; whether it is possible to a universal ethical code; political correctness, and a theoretical framework for addressing injustice and inequality.

William Costello: The Psychology of Involuntary Celibates

The Dissenter | 4 August 2022 | 1h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Costello about his research on the psychology of incels, and modern mating. Discusses the psychological traits of incels, their mental wellbeing, their self-perceptions of their own mate value, possible psychotherapeutic approaches, singlehood, how people should view incels, misrepresentations in the media, issues with modern mating and potential solutions.

Manvir Singh: Going Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model of Hunter-Gatherers

The Dissenter | 17 June 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Manvir Singh about his paper Human Social Organization During the Late Pleistocene: Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model. Argues that some of our late Pleistocene forbears lived in large, sedentary, dense communities, not just as nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherers. Discusses the nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherer model, his diverse histories model, the implications it has for our evolved psychology, and how we think about evolutionary mismatches; how human societies get organized; the origins of agriculture; the transition to large-scale agricultural societies, and non-agricultural state societies; the sympathetic plot in fiction, and its psychological origins; and the functionality of beliefs.

I nearly missed this episode – don’t make that mistake – it is truly excellent. I suggest checking out his writing. I also recommend Razib Khan’s interview.

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.

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.

Chris Letheby: Philosophy of Psychedelics

The Dissenter | 11 March | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Letheby about his book Philosophy of Psychedelics. Discusses the philosophy of psychedelics: epistemology; psychedelic therapy; the neurobiology of psychedelics; changes to the sense of self; autobiographical changes; the epistemic risks and benefits of psychedelic therapy; and spiritual experiences from a naturalistic point of view.

Robert Larzelere: Parenting Styles, Authoritative Parenting, and Spanking

The Dissenter | 31 January 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Larzelere about the specific disciplinary methods that make authoritative parenting effective. Discusses parenting styles, and temperamental differences in children; authoritative parenting; spanking, when it is effective, when it is abusive, and alternatives to it; the effects of spanking bans; and the negative outcomes of adopting the wrong style of parenting, particularly when dealing with more defiant children.

Robert Brooks on Artificial Intimacy

The Dissenter | 20 December 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Brooks about his book Artificial Intimacy: Virtual Friends, Digital Lovers, and Algorithmic Matchmakers. Discusses the biology of intimacy, and the biology of love and romantic relationships, and how new technology exploits them; the effects technology might have on mating strategies, and on gender roles; the incel movement, and some equivalents in Japan, and how in Japan people deal with romantic rejection differently; and how lowering the price of sex might be good, and how technology can help with that.