1 hr 22 min

#8 Evolutionary Science, Public Health and Human Behavior: When sciences come together to improve the human condition ACT in Perspective - A prosocial podcast using behavioral science to address human suffering

    • Mental Health

Dr. George Diggs is a well-respected, well-researched evolutionary biologist and botanist who has taught at Austin College in Sherman, Texas for 40 years. I took my first evolutionary biology and ecology class from him over 30 years ago.  

His research interests include evolution as it relates to human health, climate change, the plants of Texas, and biogeography.  He has co-authored four books and nearly 40 scientific articles, traveling and completing research in all seven continents.

One of his latest books is The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet, co-authored with Dr. Kerry Brock.  For the past 15 years he has focused on Evolutionary Medicine and Ancestral Health and recently he helped establish an undergraduate program in Public Health at Austin College

In this episode, George bridges a clear understanding between evolutionary and environmental science, public health and human behavior. We discuss how we evolved genetically and culturally from our origins in small hunter-gatherer groups to where we are today, comparing the stark differences between the two, noting very different individual and group selective pressures that not only explains why we engage in behaviors we know are harmful to us, but what we can do about them. Along these lines, he clearly explains important concepts in evolutionary and behavioral science, such as cognitive bias, evolutionary mismatch, cultural catalysis and epigenetics, and then uses this understanding as the foundation to reflect on needed policy shifts.

George Diggs is one of those great contributors to life that not only has decades of experience under his belt as a research scientist, but is at heart a well-loved and respected mentor and teacher to thousands who genuinely cares about the welfare of others.

Dr. George Diggs is a well-respected, well-researched evolutionary biologist and botanist who has taught at Austin College in Sherman, Texas for 40 years. I took my first evolutionary biology and ecology class from him over 30 years ago.  

His research interests include evolution as it relates to human health, climate change, the plants of Texas, and biogeography.  He has co-authored four books and nearly 40 scientific articles, traveling and completing research in all seven continents.

One of his latest books is The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet, co-authored with Dr. Kerry Brock.  For the past 15 years he has focused on Evolutionary Medicine and Ancestral Health and recently he helped establish an undergraduate program in Public Health at Austin College

In this episode, George bridges a clear understanding between evolutionary and environmental science, public health and human behavior. We discuss how we evolved genetically and culturally from our origins in small hunter-gatherer groups to where we are today, comparing the stark differences between the two, noting very different individual and group selective pressures that not only explains why we engage in behaviors we know are harmful to us, but what we can do about them. Along these lines, he clearly explains important concepts in evolutionary and behavioral science, such as cognitive bias, evolutionary mismatch, cultural catalysis and epigenetics, and then uses this understanding as the foundation to reflect on needed policy shifts.

George Diggs is one of those great contributors to life that not only has decades of experience under his belt as a research scientist, but is at heart a well-loved and respected mentor and teacher to thousands who genuinely cares about the welfare of others.

1 hr 22 min