In this 88th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

In this episode, we discuss a recent loss, and its interface with the on-line environment, before moving into the meat (and veg) of the episode: food! Beginning with an excerpt from chapter 5 of A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century—Food—we discuss the role of food in the lives of both modern and ancient humans. We discuss research that finds that the health and longevity of mid-Victorian era Britons was equal to or better than our own; and other research that addresses how not just food, but our microbiomes, are affected by the environments in which we live. We discuss the efffects of sterilizing our environments during Covid, and finally, how co-morbidities (“underlying conditions”) predict outcomes in Covid patients who are hospitalized.

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Mentioned in this episode:

Weinstein, 2021. How the sun could wipe us out. Published on Unherd, July 19, 2021:

Clayton & Rowbotham, 2009. How the mid-Victorians worked, ate and died. International journal of environmental research and public health, 6(3): 1235-1253.

Logan et al 2015. Natural environments, ancestral diets, and microbial ecology: is there a modern “paleo-deficit disorder”? Part II. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 34(1): 1-21.

Logan 2015. Dysbiotic drift: mental health, environmental grey space, and microbiota. Journal of physiological anthropology, 34(1): 1-16.

Chen et al 2021. Biocide-tolerance and antibiotic-resistance in community environments and risk of direct transfers to humans: Unintended consequences of community-wide surface disinfecting during COVID-19?. Environmental Pollution, p.117074.

Kompaniyets 2021. Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe Illness Among 540,667 Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19, March 2020–March 2021. Preventing Chronic Disease, 18.

A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century:

00:00 Welcome
03:42 Tess Lawrie conversation

06:10 Ads
10:20 How the sun could wipe us out
17:30 Pet passing away
22:56 Food excerpt
35:12 Food is social lubrication
39:35 Sex
41:40 Pets
46:52 Gould’s exaptation and telomeres
51:48 Paper on Victorian life in Britain
01:02:10 Rubenesque detour
01:04:23 Back to Victorian life
01:10:20 Storage of food to spoil foods in a good way
01:14:31 Further excerpt from paper
01:19:10 Microbiome deserts
01:37:00 Hygiene hypothesis, COVID and cleaning surfaces
01:41:10 COVID and co-morbidities
01:46:09 Thumbnail
01:48:49 Wrap up


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