Nov 15, 2018
"It's going to be Okay."--
Today I’m delighted to have Steve Stewart-Williams on the
podcast. Dr. Stewart-Williams is a New Zealander who moved to
Canada, then to Wales, and then to Malaysia, where he is now an
associate professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham
Malaysia Campus. His first book, Darwin, God, and the
Meaning of Life, was published in 2010 and his latest book
Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture
In this episode we cover the following topics:
- What would the human species look like from the perspective of
- Are humans just evolved fish?
- How far does evolutionary psychology take us in understanding
- What are some common myths about the evolutionary process?
- How we can be evolutionary “losers” and still be human success
- The distinction between altruism and selfishness
- Why the evolutionary psychology perspective is not enough to
understand human nature
- How culture evolved among humans
- The link between human creativity and cultural evolution
- The potential human conflict between passing on genes vs.
passing on memes
- How culture can amplify our nature
- Steve answers questions from Twitter