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On The DarkHorse Podcast, we will explore questions that matter, with tools that work. Weekly episodes of "The Evolutionary Lens" are co-hosted with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Guest episodes feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests are well known, others obscure, but all are chosen because they have demonstrated unusual insight. The state and future of civilization will be a recurring theme, so buckle up!

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On The DarkHorse Podcast, we will explore questions that matter, with tools that work. Weekly episodes of "The Evolutionary Lens" are co-hosted with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Guest episodes feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests are well known, others obscure, but all are chosen because they have demonstrated unusual insight. The state and future of civilization will be a recurring theme, so buckle up!

    What’s the Return on ROI? The 213th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    What’s the Return on ROI? The 213th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 213th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss sex, gender, and plants. First up: sex is binary, gender is downstream of sex, and rare Disorders of Sexual Development do not put the lie to the sex binary. Then: Duke University is deep-sixing its world class herbarium. We discuss the value of natural history museums, and of libraries, and defend the liberal arts and sciences as fundamental not just to human inquiry, but to human flourishing.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Colin Wright on Eric Weinstein’s appearance on Modern Wisdom: https://x.com/SwipeWright/status/1759718664369050058
     
    Me, She, He, They: Reality vs Identity in the 21st Century (Heather on sex and gender):https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/meshehethey

    Duke plans to close its Herbarium, “A tragic mistake”: https://www.science.org/content/article/tragic-mistake-decision-close-duke-university-s-herbarium-triggers-furor
     
    Herman, S.G., 2002. Wildlife biology and natural history: time for a reunion. The Journal of wildlife management66(4): 933-946. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3802927


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    Bjorn Lomborg on the DarkHorse Podcast

    Bjorn Lomborg on the DarkHorse Podcast

    Bjorn Lomborg is the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author of the recent book, Best Things First.

    Copenhagen Consensus: https://copenhagenconsensus.com/
    Best Things First: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Things-First-BjornLomborg/dp/1940003482/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1 

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    Deadly Serious Games: The 212th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Deadly Serious Games: The 212th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 212th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss how to build your own boot camp, with principles including the courage cascade, flak over the target, recognizing the distinction between signal and noise, random vs systematic error, “the room is not the room,” OODA loops, and keeping separate track of analytics and morals. Also: how a new ant in Africa has forced lions to change how and what they hunt. And: microbeef sushi.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Dolphins: https://x.com/rainmaker1973/status/1757341726186910022

    Judicial Watch: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Personally Declined Presidential Candidate RFK Jr’s Request for Secret Service Protection: https://www.judicialwatch.org/rfk-jr-secret-service-protection/

    Center for Countering Digital Hate – The New Climate Denial: https://counterhate.com/research/new-climate-denial/

    Kamaru et al 2024. Disruption of an ant-plant mutualism shapes interactions between lions and their primary prey. Science, 383(6681): 433-438: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adg1464

    Microbeef sushi: https://www.science.org/content/article/rice-covered-cow-cells-aims-provide-nutritious-sustainable-food


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    The Science of Conspiracy: The 211th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    The Science of Conspiracy: The 211th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 211th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss Winter and seasonality, before a longer discussion of overfitting, shoe-horning, and straight-jacketing. How do models, collusion, and Occam’s Razor contribute to how we understand the world? Why are generalists better situated to interpret complexity than are specialists? Then: how good is the science behind the major paper out of The Lancet that assures us that we should not be eating red meat? Answer: not very. Finally, we discuss the orcas who were trapped in sea ice off of Japan, and what it means to be an orca (including mention of the grandmother hypothesis).

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr (about Luca Turin): https://www.amazon.com/Emperor-Scent-Story-Perfume-Obsession/dp/0375759816
     
    Willett et al 2019. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet 393, 447–492: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2818%2931788-4

    Stanton 2024. Unacceptable use of substandard metrics in policy decisions which mandate large reductions in animal-source foods. Npj Science of Food 8(10): https://www.nature.com/articles/s41538-024-00249-y

    Stanton et al 2022. 36-fold higher estimate of deaths attributable to red meat intake in GBD 2019: is this reliable?. The Lancet, 399(10332), pp.e23-e26.: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)00311-7/fulltext


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    Trojan Migration? The 210th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Trojan Migration? The 210th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 210th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss hypotheses about the border situation. Having just returned from Panama, Bret hypothesizes that there are two immigrations happening: the migration driven by the pursuit of greater economic opportunities in the United States, which includes people from all over the world, and a lot of families; and a second, cryptic migration which includes mostly people from China, of military age, heavily skewed towards men. He also reviews a hypothesis from some years back, about the effect of the one-child policy in China, taken in concert with the tendency to prefer boys. We then discuss neurogenesis in pregnant mice; and also the “diaper spa” being opened in New Hampshire, which is only possible because we have stopped allowing ourselves to critique anti-social and anti-societal tendencies.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Support and Defend: Military Whistleblowers Volume II (on DarkHorse): https://youtu.be/fg_Y7WxfQ48
     
    Chaker et al 2023. Pregnancy-responsive pools of adult neural stem cells for transient neurogenesis in mothers. Science 382(6673): 958-963: https://www.science.org/doi/epdf/10.1126/science.abo5199

    What’s a diaper spa? https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2024/01/30/diaper-spa-raising-eyebrows-atkinson-new-hampshire/
     
    The diaper spa: https://diaperspa.com


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    Peril in The Main Stream: The 209th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Peril in The Main Stream: The 209th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 209th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss misinformation and how dangerous it is, especially to mainstream researchers and media. We dissect research that claims to find evidence that “doing your own research” actually cements false views, and find that the research itself is so methodologically flawed as to be incapable of delivering accurate results. We celebrate the finding of Canada’s Federal Court that the invoking of the Emergencies Act during the Trucker’s Convoy was unconstitutional; and we discuss the WHO’s faltering pandemic preparedness plan. And we briefly discussed Panama: what is happening in the Darien, in the Panama Canal, and why a monkey crossed the Canal. Head over to our Locals for more content from Bret & Zack’s recent trip to Panama.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong (WaPo):https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/01/17/do-your-own-research-study/

    Aslett et al 2024. Online searches to evaluate misinformation can increase its perceived veracity. Nature625:548-575: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-023-06883-y

    Fact checkers aren’t scientists: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/coming-soon

    From Table S8?: Why are volcanoes all over the globe suddenly shooting giant clouds of ash miles into the air? https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/01/michael-snyder/why-are-volcanoes-all-over-the-globe-suddenly-shooting-giant-clouds-of-ash-miles-into-the-air/

    Cargo cult science, by Feynman (1974): https://calteches.library.caltech.edu/51/2/CargoCult.htm

    Federal Court of Canada declares invocation of the Emergencies Act unconstitutional: https://theccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/EA-challenge-fed-court-reasons-FINAL.pdf

    The cavalry rolled in, by Dan Arcand: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/the-cavalry-rolled-in

    The Guardian: Global pandemic agreement at risk of falling apart, WHO warns: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/22/global-pandemic-agreement-at-risk-of-falling-apart-who-warns


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