The Animal Origins of Art and How We Choose Our Mates

What makes us human? In this episode Jared Diamond reveals the biological origins of human art, by looking at breathtaking examples of "art" made by animals and early humans. He unravels the mysterious mechanisms that determine how humans and animals choose their mates, with a fresh take on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection.

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Will We Be Visited by Aliens? and Can We Eradicate Genocide?

Jared Diamond looks to evolution for clues to the big questions of our era. This time he discusses space exploration and the discovery of habitable extrasolar planets, which hold the possibility of life. If aliens visited, would they come with friendly intentions? Then he explores our own species' shocking capacity for murder, war and genocide, and the "us vs them" mentality we share with other animals, including our cousins the chimpanzees.

  • 2019-02-01T04:00:00-08:00
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Why Do We Destroy Nature? and Tackling Inequality

Jared Diamond looks deep into history for clues to help us overcome today's major threats: environmental destruction and global inequality. He explores how mass extinctions of the past and the collapse of civilizations foreshadowed our role in climate change and mismanagement of natural resources. Examining the dangers of the growing wealth gap within societies and between nations, Jared Diamond leaves us with an urgent warning that now is the time to pursue solutions, as well as a message of hope.

  • 2019-02-08T04:00:00-08:00
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