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Will Things Get Better?

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In today’s episode, Mikhaila hosts the evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying. They had an insightful discussion with Mikhaila about how in the most prosperous age of human history, suicide and illness rates are skyrocketing. Humans are more miserable than ever. How did that happen from an evolutionary perspective? Are the challenges of modern life really that hard? They also delved into humanity’s reaction to COVID, birth control, switching genders, monogamy, and religion. Watch this episode to see how evolution shapes our lives.

Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are former professors at Evergreen State College. The married couple were among the college’s most popular teachers. They specialized in evolutionary biology. Together, they authored A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life, a book discussing why humans are miserable despite living in the most prosperous age in all of human history.

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Show Notes
[0:00] Intro
[1:50] Welcomes
[2:35] Who are Brett and Heather?
[04:17] Their new book A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century
[07:04] Humanities reaction to COVID.
[10:12] Hypernovelty and tools to calm our nervous system down and adapt appropriately to the rate of change going on?
[16:10] Evolution & Religion
[22:04] Birth Control
[25:19] The costs of losing religion
[31:41] What slowing down looks like
[35:26] Getting back to nature and a need for reversibility.
[39:29] Is there a way to tell if you see the world correctly?
[45:29] Autoimmunity caused by rapid change and the hygiene hypothesis.
[50:58] Are things going to get better?
[52:38] Switching genders
[58:18] Monogamy & Monogamous Cultures
[01:04:18] Why serial polygamy is happening and the role birth control has played.
[01:11:08] Junkification of the choices available to us and thinking in the long term.
[01:12:33] Where you can find Brett & Heather

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