Full Semester Podcast
About This Show
Welcome to the Full Semester Podcast. The Full semester podcast is a series that explores a single topic in roughly the same depth as a full semester college course. This semester we'll be exploring the topic of Evolution. There are three types of episodes: 1) Standard Lecture episodes, these are designed to be listened to in sequence, as they build upon the material from the previous week 2) Article discussions, these are stand-alone episodes that discuss a particular scientific article, these will sometimes be referenced in the main lecture series 3) Multi-voice podcast or random topic within evolution, completely stand alone.
I hope you'll join me to learn a little bit about this incredibly impactful subject, and I hope that you'll learn something that changes your life.
Most Recent Episode
Lecture 7: Kin Selection
3 days ago
Today we’re going to continue our discussion of the different types of selection by talking about Kin selection. If you’ve been following along with the episodes so far, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a big hole in our logic about selection so far, it’s one that Darwin himself recognized and wrote about. The problem is that there are a number of animals that do things that seem contrary to individual fitness. Today we’re going to be talking about how biologists solve that problem theoretically, and run through some examples that back up this way of thinking. So strap in! Here’s the Full semester podcast Lecture #6, Kin selection.
"I…will confine myself to one special difficulty, which at first appeared to me insuperable, and actually fatal to my whole theory. I allude to the neuters or sterile females in insect communities: for these neuters often differ widely in instinct and in structure from both the male and fertile females, and yet from being sterile they cannot propagate their kind."