The history of evolution

Natural historians loved to categorize living things. Aristotle was a great observer, he is credited with creating the “scientific method”. He carried out some of the first empirical studies. He categorized living things into 3 categories and within these categories “like mates with like”: Plants – vegetative soul which allows them grow Animal – sensitiveContinue reading “The history of evolution”

Sex, Genes, Technology, and Humans

I recently got the opportunity to read Dr. Rob Brooks book “Artificial Intimacy” and then got to interview him for our podcast “Boiling Point“. As per usual, when we have such fascinating guests we always run out of time before we can get all of our questions answered and our curiosity on the subject satisfied.Continue reading “Sex, Genes, Technology, and Humans”

What do I research?

If you have little to no biological background I recommend you check out my blog posts on evolution 101 and sexual selection 101 to better understand what I research. Only have a minute? No problem. Here’s a quick overview: But if you want to delve in further then read on! Did you know that sexualContinue reading “What do I research?”

Sexual Selection 101

Remember how I said evolution was random here? Well here’s an exception. Sexual selection is a driver of evolution that is more streamlined than natural selection. While natural selection is “survival of the fittest”, sexual selection is “survival of the prettiest”. In a very basic sense. Sexual selection is most often driven by the “choosier”Continue reading “Sexual Selection 101”

Evolution 101

Throughout my young academic career, I’ve noticed young students might not always understand evolution. So here is my brief explanation of what evolution is. Contrary to many popular beliefs, evolution doesn’t have a “goal” nor does it try to make things “more complicated”. It is also not linear. Evolution is actually very random. That’s whyContinue reading “Evolution 101”