Episode 32: Dr. Scott Solomon - Are Humans Still Evolving?

June 6, 2017
Dr. Scott Solomon, @ScottESolomon is an evolutionary biologist, ecologist, science writer, and professor at Rice University. His writing has been featured in Slate, Nautilus, Wired.com, and Business Insider. His most recent book is aptly titled "Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution," in which he analyzes and answers the principled question: Are humans still evolving? 
If evolving, how will humans look in 100,000 years? What role do epigenetics play in modern day diseases? If we colonize Mars, how will the change in gravity and atmosphere affect our biology? Will humans on Mars diverge from those on Earth? These are some of the questions we came into this episode pondering
Dr. Solomon takes the bus down a winding and twisting road to help us better understand how evolutionary biology is impacting modern day and future life on this planet. He provides explanation and insight into some of the mechanisms that effect evolution; mate selection, disease, and culture.
Don't worry - the bus doesn't stop there. After we breeze past those topics the discussion broadens into some more arcane fields. The bus discusses the effects of bacteria on health and the gut-biome, the potential of virtual reality to evolutionary pressures, CRISPR and genetic sequencing's potential, and whether online dating is messing up natural sexual cues in the search for a mate.
This episode was an INCREDIBLE episode all around. The coup de grace is a lasting discussion on the colonization of Mars. Dr. Solomon helps us better understand how humans living on Mars could diverge from those on Earth. Its quite thorough and fun.
Looking for another science episode? We spoke with Michael Hinden extensively about botany and epigenetics in Episode 026. Listen to it here.
The Bus Weekly Fuel
Hak Paks One Pot cooking sauce, Thai Green Curry Sauce is the food we are most enjoying. No preservatives, Non GMO, Gluten Free! We purchase ours on Thrive Market.
The blog/vlog we are watching is Elliot Hulse which preaches a message of becoming the strongest version yourself in order to empower one another - bioenergetics. Check out his Youtube channel to find out things like how to overcome depression and interviews with the Ice Man himself Wim Hoff.
The Instagram page we can't stop viewing is @Beeple_crap. This page has some incredible dystopian transhuman futuristic graphic art.

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