Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American, devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.
Welcome to Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on September 5th, 2018. I’m Steve Mirsky.
Every September, Scientific American publishes an issue devoted in its entirety to a single topic. We cleverly call it our single topic issue. And the 2018 edition is about…you. To explain further, I spoke with Gary Stix. When Scientific American was founded in 1845, Gary was the copy boy. Okay, he hasn’t been here quite that long, but he’s a senior editor, and when I showed up more than 20 years ago he already had big piles of books on his desk. But enough about us, let’s talk about you.
By the way, the theorist I was thinking of who’s done work on the co-evolution of war and altruism is Samuel Bowles. Just do your googling if you’d like more info on that subject. And you can hear Pedro Domingos on the episode of Science Talk about artificial intelligence and health care, which was posted on our Web site on June 18.
Now a bit more with Gary Stix.
KEN MILLER SEGMENT
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