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My interview with drunk Evolution #2

Where she talks about some planet-level environmental effects on evolution, then does a deep dive into human evolution, especially the brain.

Mitchell Diamond
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11 min readOct 22, 2022

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In the first installment of my interview with drunk Evolution, she and I talked about her role in the development of life forms on Earth. She swung between admiration for her work, and then denied responsibility for it. She said that she just rolled the genetic dice but didn’t control the outcome. We took a break after I raised her ire by suggesting she should stop drinking. In this second part, I asked Evolution to delve into a range of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial environmental forces that shape her work. We finished by exploring humanity’s place in the evolutionary scheme. Before we resumed, though, Evolution lined up three shot glasses and filled them from a bottle.

Evolution: Is that going to be enough? Better make it four. [She adds and fills another shot glass. She throws it down leaving three to go.]

MD: If we can rewind, when you talked about the environment, it was mostly the interaction of organisms, but there’s lots of other mechanisms that…

Evolution: Yeah, yeah, tectonics is definitely a favorite. Volcanoes and earthquakes. Not the little stuff like…

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Mitchell Diamond

Author of Darwin’s Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion, a new take on the function and purpose of religion. http://www.darwinsapple.com