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    • 4.8 • 538 Ratings

"The host, Macken Murphy, is able to condense vast chunks of information into engaging and digestible episodes. Fact-filled and fun."
— The New York Times

    Hair on Our Faces | Dr. Barnaby Dixson

    Hair on Our Faces | Dr. Barnaby Dixson

    Today, we explore the befuddling (and surprisingly complex) mystery of the human beard. Our guide is Dr. Barnaby Dixson, a human behavioral ecologist at the University of the Sunshine Coast who uses interdisciplinary methods to investigate human mate preferences across cultures.  His extensive work has bettered our understanding of a wide variety of physical traits; most relevant to today's discussion, he is one of the primary contributors to our understanding of beards. We discuss the evolution of facial masculinity and facial hair, and their role in attractiveness and intimidation across various contexts. You can learn more about Dixson, here: https://www.usc.edu.au/staff/dr-barnaby-dixson
    Relevant sources are mostly in Dixson’s past publications: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=LE_ROqQAAAAJ&hl=en
    But also, see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vbEZV65uWCcG3E3Qzk-DEuy2m3rodw07WIt3l6meMSo/edit?usp=sharing

    • 1 hr 48 min
    The Unchosen Ones | William Costello

    The Unchosen Ones | William Costello

    William Costello is an expert on incels, a rising star in the field of evolutionary psychology, and the latest protégé of Dr. David Buss. In this conversation, we discuss incel violence, demographics, mythology, perception vs. reality, and solutions to inceldom, among other things.
    There's still time to participate in Costello's cross-sex mind-reading study, here: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_38KyEyGDOs4stN4
    You can keep up with Costello on Twitter, @CostelloWilliam: https://twitter.com/CostelloWilliam?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Date Psychology | Alexander

    Date Psychology | Alexander

    Alexander is a psychologist and science communicator. He is best known for his deep dives into the literature on human mating and his nuanced critiques of popular misconceptions about dating. In this data-driven discussion, he talks to Macken about what men and women actually want and what people generally get wrong about dating, before diving into a variety of topics including the Manosphere, the “mating crisis,” hypergamy, and bodycount, among others.
    Alexander is @datepsych on Twitter, where he runs online studies and produces fascinating threads on mating. He also runs a popular blog, datepsychology.com, and is increasingly popular on YouTube, @alex.datepsych.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Great White Shark

    Great White Shark

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... a brand new episode of Species. Come listen and learn about their secret social lives, how to survive a shark attack, and some mind-blowing stats.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ayzr57teXk06LE21jN9LH934wXhOzIRW9KbKiBeCUVw/edit?usp=sharing

    • 23 min
    Updates | 1.15.23

    Updates | 1.15.23

    I'm extremely busy and, unfortunately, pausing production on Species, at least for most of this month. If you sent me a donation in January and you want a refund, contact me through mackenmurphy.org, and I will be sure to send it back to you. My sincerest apologies.

    • 2 min
    Master of Puppets | Dr. Robert Plomin

    Master of Puppets | Dr. Robert Plomin

    "DNA isn't all that matters, but it matters more than everything else put together."
    —Dr. Robert Plomin
    Blueprint: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262039161/blueprint/
    Plomin is one of history's most important psychologists and a pioneer in the field of behavioral genetics. He is a research professor at King's College London, best known for his work on twins. In this podcast, Plomin explains how we know that genes impact our behavior, clarifies all the common confusions about the field, and pushes back against some of Macken's criticisms. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
538 Ratings

538 Ratings

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Half fake

Do you think you could make some podcast of mythology animals that you think might be real the show helps a ton and aways fun to listen to your opinion of animals

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Interesting Facts

Every great ape’s in great shape
For the weight they’re packin’
Every peacock’s flight shows the price
Of its life of fashion
Every snake and vole have a role
And a niche to crash in
Every giant squid once lived
In our minds as kraken
Every zebra’s stripe help it hide
Is a thesis from back-when
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This is species
I’m Macken

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Could be great

I have listened to ten or so episodes. 2 stars since it’s decent content if you can stomach the host pushing his propaganda and political agenda.

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