This is a podcast hosted by Joe Brewer, director of the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution. Join him as he explores how to regenerate the Earth in the midst of planetary-scale overshoot and collapse. This is a show for anyone striving to find meaning and purpose in these difficult times.
The Ecological Crisis as Runaway Cultural Evolution
In this fifth episode in the series on applied cultural evolution, we explore how all environmental problems need to be understood as system-level outcomes of evolution for human societies. Humanity is currently on a course to alter the entire planet -- due to the immense power of cultural evolution -- without understanding that this is what we are doing.
How Can Evolution Integrate the Social Sciences?
This is the fourth episode in this series on applied cultural evolution, where we explore how the social sciences and humanity need to be integrated in order for massively complex social problems to be addressed in the world. Among the topics explored are the future of universities, the relationship of evolutionary studies to culture and social behavior, and the importance of applying this knowledge as systematically and effectively as we can throughout a period of planetary-scale collapse.
Evolutionary Mismatch and Pathologies of Civilization
This is episode 3 in a series on applied cultural evolution. It explores how the stress, anxiety, and suffering of life in the modern world can be explained using the framework of "evolutionary mismatch" to analyze, interpret, and design solutions for challenges we face together. If you know anyone who suffers from mental illness or other health effects, there is something here for you.
Why We Need Applied Cultural Evolution
This is the second episode in this series -- which explains what cultural evolution is and why it is an essential body of knowledge for dealing with the convergence of global crises that now confront humanity. You will learn how global warming is merely a symptom of "runaway cultural evolution" as part of a sweeping history for our species that goes back millions of years in deep time.
My Life Without Scaffolding
This is the first podcast by Joe Brewer -- a short introduction about his work applying cultural evolution to large-scale social change. In this episode, you will hear a deeply personal account of his struggles to do original work in a world that has no structural supports. He believes this is something many people can relate to as they strive to innovate in these unprecedented times of global change.