Episode 110 A Holistic Perspective of Evolution


Episode 110

A Holistic Perspective of Evolution

An interview with Josh Mitteldorf

October 16, 2018

In this episode, Haley interviews theoretical biologist and author, Josh Mitteldorf, at the Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems. Mitteldorf talks about the evolutionary process, including gene sharing, cooperation, and natural selection. He also shares what inspired his book, Cracking the Aging Code, and why biology needs holism.



Show Notes


 Haley talking with Josh Mitteldorf at ICCS 2018

Haley talking with Josh Mitteldorf at ICCS 2018

Quotes from this episode:

“I am working on how evolution holds in place traits that are good for the community in the long run, but they are bad for the individual in the short run.” — Josh Mitteldorf

“Aging was my introduction into the world of group selection, what’s good for the group, versus individual selection, what’s good for the individual.” — Josh Mitteldorf


“In the nineteenth century physics was thought to be mechanistic and reductionist...that if somehow you understand the little pieces and you put that together to make the whole, and physics had to abandon that with the advent of quantum mechanics.” — Josh Mitteldorf


“Biology needs to embrace holism.” — Josh Mitteldorf   

Resources from this episode:

Aging Advice

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