Generative Energy #14: Another View of Evolution

 
 

Listen to Georgi and me discuss another view of evolution on episode #14 of The Generative Energy Podcast!  

"Genetics is now engaged in a controversy between those who insist on the primary importance of the gene, and those who oppose them. The contestants have often yielded to the temptation to support and accepted doctrine rather than an orderly and systemic search for a rational explanation." —Cold War in Biology by Carl C. Lindegren (1961)

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01:16 - Danny reads The Selfish Gene
03:33 - Georgi’s thoughts on the existentialists (Jean-Paul Sartre) 
04:16 - If life is meaningless—why continue?
04:40 - Darwin’s view of evolution
05:20 - Neo-Darwinism—invoking randomness
06:15 - “The central dogma of molecular biology”
07:44 - Lamarck—environment and acquired characteristics
09:08 - The Hayflick limit
09:18 - Alexis Carrel (link: http://on.fb.me/21dpVE7)
10:44 - August Weisman’s experiments
11:16 - Lamarck’s two laws
12:02 - Mexican cavefish (link: http://bit.ly/21dqFZL)
13:26 - Neo-darwinian rigidity
15:05 - Estrogen influences the genome
15:37 - A brief description of the cell
16:47 - Contradictions to the central dogma (e.g., gene jumping, horizontal gene transfer)
19:00 - ‘The genome is very fluid’
19:54 - ‘If the central dogma was true…’
20:39 - From genetics to epigenetics
20:55 - Inheriting fear—is it possible?
22:47 - SIRT1, (estrogenic) resveratrol, and longevity
25:00 - Genes are involved in a very complex network
26:09 - Barbara McClintock (link: http://on.fb.me/1Xdbal6)
28:09 - Cold War in Biology by Carl Lindegren
29:19 - Altruism is “disguised selfishness”?
32:58 - Environment and aesthetics
35:03 - The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer
35:39 - The human genome project failure
38:46 - Forcing competition results in degeneration
40:15 - Cooperation—our natural state?
41:51 - Aggression—low thyroid function in disguise?