Saturday, March 26, 2011

David Buss in conversation with Richard Dawkins

This is a really fun video series, David Buss has done excellent work for years but I've just recently started reading some of his work after having seen it referenced time and time again in other pop sci books about evolutionary biology/psychology.

One of the amusing things about this series is that while Dawkins had a huge influence on Buss, and Buss even uses The Selfish Gene in the classroom, Dawkins is clearly not up to date on the most recent evolutionary psychology research and theories. In a reversal of Dawkins talking with Singer, Buss is very diplomatic with his answers.

For reference, Buss' study of 37 different cultures is here.