Episode Three: Woman Evolving

Join Lindsay as she discusses how life grew from nothing and turned into us. Featuring anthropologist Chelsea Shields.

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  • August 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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    I wanted to emphasize and add to what your guest was saying regarding the conflict that can exist between feminists and evolutionary psychology. Your guest was saying that just because males used rape to reproduce, does not mean rape is justified, does not mean rape is good, and is not an excuse for certain behaviors. I want to add that mutations and behaviors that brought us to our current state via survival and reproduction do not necessarily make us HAPPY. They simply helped our species to continue. Continuance of species does not equate to happiness of species.

    For example, we are equipped to have many, many children. Does that mean we should have all the children possible? No. Having more children will further spread our seed, but it won’t necessarily make us happy. What’s so interesting about humans is that we can evaluate whether or not we WANT to follow all of our instincts, and in many cases we do not. And because we have the ability to make multiple choices rather than simply follow an instinct, there is never a valid excuse for behavior that hurts another, or that subverts the rights of another. In other words, the “boys will be boys” trope is a lie and a cop out.

    Another important fact to consider is that our various mutations helped us to survive whatever environmental pressures were happening at the time, but that does not mean those same mutations or characteristics will help the species survive current or future environmental pressures. Violence may have helped a male’s line to survive in the past, but it might not help now. In fact, if you are a rapist in many countries now, you are probably less likely to reproduce and have as many kids because that behavior will usually lead to jail where you will have few to zero chances to mate.

    So any existing conflict between feminists and science is completely unnecessary and, in my opinion, results from not fully understanding of evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology.

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  • October 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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    I found the information on epigenetic very interesting. I really thought the information on the nutrient intake or lack of nutrient intake for the mother during the first few days of pregnancy was fascinating, and how that then signals the embryo to a feast or famine gene expression. It is really thought provoking. I’ve never really studied evolution until these podcasts and I am totally amazed. I also really enjoyed watching the inner fish series. Thanks for steering this discussion.

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