Audio recordings

Flying to the sun and culture-driven evolution

Futureproof podcast, 25 August 2018


This week, Futureproof podcast presenter, Jonathan McCrea, looks at NASA’s new mission to the sun with Ethan Siegel and explores how our culture shaped human evolution with Kevin Laland.


Extending evolution: An Interview with Prof Sonia Sultan

Naturally Speaking podcast, 5 April 2018


Sonia Sultan talks to Naturally Speaking about her research on phenotypic plasticity and transgenerational effect in plants, and shares her thoughts on the extended evolutionary synthesis. Podcast from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow.


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Culture and the mind: A new theory of human intelligence

Science Weekly podcast from The Guardian, 7 February 2018


How does cultural transmission in humans differ from that found in other animals? What does this tell us about general intelligence? And, fundamentally, how important is culture to our own evolutionary history? Nicola Davis discusses these questions with Kevin Laland (University of St Andrews) and Diana Reiss (Hunter College, New York).


Talk Nerdy Podcast: Agustin Fuentes


Cara Santa Maria is joined by Dr Agustin Fuentes, author of The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. They discuss the similarities we share with non-human animals, as well as what makes us special, including the great responsibility we hold as shepherds of planet Earth. Talk Nerdy Podcast, 4 September 2017.


New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives

Royal Society discussion meeting organized in partnership with the British Academy
7-9 November 2016, London, UK


Recordings are presented in the order of the meeting program.


7 November 2016

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The extended evolutionary synthesis
Gerd Müller, University of Vienna



The evolutionary synthesis today: extend or amend?
Douglas Futuyma, Stony Brook University



Developmental plasticity: re-conceiving the genotype
Sonia Sultan, Wesleyan University



Evolution of phenotypic plasticity
Russell Lande, Norwegian University of Science and Technology



Heredity and evolutionary theory
Tobias Uller, Lund University



The ontology of evolutionary process
John Dupré, University of Exeter



Does the way in which development works bias the paths taken by evolution?
Paul Brakefield, University of Cambridge



The middle ground between artificial and natural selection: niche construction as developmental bias
Kevin Laland, University of St Andrews



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8 November 2016

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Biological action in Read-Write genome evolution
James Shapiro, University of Chicago



Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information in development and evolution
Paul Griffiths, The University of Sydney



The role of epigenetic inheritance in evolution
Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv University



Extended genomes: symbiosis and evolution
Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool



Evolution viewed from medicine and physiology
Denis Noble, University of Oxford



Anthropomorphism in evolutionary biology
Andy Gardner, University of St Andrews



Adaptability and evolution
Sir Patrick Bateson, University of Cambridge



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9 November 2016

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Evolution and the metaphor of agency
Samir Okasha, University of Bristol



Developmental niche construction
Karola Stotz, Macquarie University



Human nature, human culture: the case of cultural evolution
Tim Lewens, University of Cambridge



Human niche, human behaviour, human nature
Agustín Fuentes, University of Notre Dame



A second inheritance system: the extension of biology through culture
Andrew Whiten, University of St Andrews



Human evolution, niche construction and plasticity
Susan Antón, New York University



Domestication: a model system for evolutionary biology
Melinda Zeder, Smithsonian Institution



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Is it time for an update to evolutionary theory?

Science Weekly podcast from The Guardian, 8 March 2017


Nicola Davis interviews Professor Massimo Pigliucci, Dr Richard Watson and Professor Joan Strassmann on the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis.



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