UnDisciplined: The Evolutionary Biologist And The Theoretical Biologist

Aug 23, 2019

Today on UnDisciplined, we'll be joined by a scientist who is searching the world for the blackest of black. Next, we'll talk to a researcher who is trying to get a handle on how superstitions spread.

Cody McCoy is a researcher at Harvard University who was part of a team studying the evolution of super-black spots in nature. Their paper was recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Joining us from the University of Pennsylvania to talk about how societies accumulate superstitions is Bryce Morsky. His recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates how groups of individuals, each starting with distinct belief systems, can evolve a coordinated set of behaviors.