The Thinking Mind Podcast

Interview #58: How has Evolution Shaped Our Minds? (with Dr. Randolph Nesse)

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​​Dr. Randy Nesse is a evolutionary psychiatrist, he is one of the founders of his field and his work has revolutionized our understanding of how evolution shapes our physical and mental health.  He isProfessor Emeritus at the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Michigan. He is also the Founding President of The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

He is the author of several books, including "Why We Get Sick" and "Good Reasons for Bad Feelings". You can find a full list of Dr. Nesse's books here:

In today’s episode we discuss how Natural Selection has shaped our psychology, the evolutionary rationale underlying anxiety and low mood, Dr. Nesse's concepts of social traps and the "smoke detector principle",  how depression is not just one condition, why we have emotions, why men die earlier than women and much more.

Interviewed by Dr. Alex Curmi - Give feedback here - [email protected] -  Follow us here: Twitter @thinkingmindpod Instagram @thinkingmindpodcast

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