Evolution http://publicradiotulsa.org en Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/professor-robert-dudley-uc-berkeley-and-drunken-monkey-hypothesis <p>On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drunken_monkey_hypothesis">its Wikipedia entry</a>) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of <em>Homo sapiens</em> on fruit as a food source. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:41:13 +0000 Rich Fisher 63562 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis" "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/rational-animal-how-evolution-made-us-smarter-we-think <p>Today on ST, we speak by phone with Douglas T. Kenrick, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. He's also one of the co-authors of a recent book, "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think," which a reviewer for Mother Jones magazine calls "a fun romp through the comedy of human errors. Again and again, the authors find, evolutionary urges and hardwired brains explain behaviors rational economists cannot. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 53962 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think" "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/why-zebras-dont-get-ulcers-and-various-other-mysteries-stress-and-science-explained-herein <p>On this encore edition of ST, we listen back to a discussion from April of this year. At that time, we spoke by phone with the acclaimed science writer, biologist, and neuroscientist, Dr. Robert Sapolsky. He's widely seen as one of our leading experts on stress --- namely, on the ways in which stress affects baboons and other primates, and what this, in turn, tells us about the effects of stress on the human condition. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:22:21 +0000 Rich Fisher 44770 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/look-origins-flowering-plants-and-evolution-plantlife-encore-presentation <p>On this encore edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The work of Dr. Soltis has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution, and she has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:16:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 44599 at http://publicradiotulsa.org A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation) "How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/how-humans-will-survive-mass-extinction <p>"It's the end of the world as we know it," announces <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_the_End_of_the_World_as_We_Know_It_%28And_I_Feel_Fine%29">a nifty rock song by R.E.M.</a> from 1987, "and I feel fine." Or as T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Hollow Men," a poem first published in 1925: "This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper." Ever wonder how it will all come to a close? What doomsday will look like? Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:56:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 42574 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction" Dr. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on "Creation and Evolution" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/dr-lenn-goodman-vanderbilt-university-creation-and-evolution-encore-presentation <p>On today's program, we listen back to a conversation from February of this year with Dr. Lenn Goodman, the Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. At that time, Dr. Goodman was preparing to give a talk here at TU entitled "Creation and Evolution." An award-winning scholar and prolific author, Dr. Goodman's philosophical interests have mainly been in metaphysics and ethics, with special attention to Islamic and Jewish philosophical thought and their creative interactions. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:26:06 +0000 Rich Fisher 24850 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Dr. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on "Creation and Evolution" (Encore presentation.) Dr. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on "Creation and Evolution" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/dr-lenn-goodman-vanderbilt-university-creation-and-evolution <p>[Aired on Tuesday, February 28th.] On today&#39;s program, we chat by phone with Dr. Lenn Goodman, Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He&#39;ll present the Annual Snuggs Lecture in Religion tomorrow night (Wednesday the 29th) at 7:30pm in Helmerich Hall on the TU campus; the lecture is free to the public and is entitled &quot;Creation and Evolution.&quot; An award-winning scholar and prolific author, Dr. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:11:44 +0000 Rich Fisher 13950 at http://publicradiotulsa.org