Fields: Evolutionary medicine and evolutionary psychiatry
Goal: To understand why natural selection left us us vulnerable to disease
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New article on evolutionary psychiatry
Research Professor of Life Sciences, and Founding Director (2014-2019), The Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University; Professor Emeritus, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan; Founding President: The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
What is evolutionary medicine? Darwinian medicine IS Evolutionary medicine.
Core Principles for Evolutionary Medicine, 2019
Why do mental disorders persist? Book chapter, 2022
Evolutionary psychiatry: foundations, progress and challenges, World Psychiatry, 2023
How to frame and test evolutionary hypotheses about a disease 2 p. version
Tacit Creationism Evolutionary psychiatry
Diseases do not have direct evolutionary explanations. They are not adaptations shaped by natural selection .
However, traits that make a species vulnerable to disease need evolutionary explanations, and several may be needed.
Talks on Evolutionary Medicine at University of Milano-Bicocca, June 2023 (my talk starts at 15:30)
Why do mental disorders persist? Evolving Psychiatry 2022 video podcast (17 min.)
The Evolution of Anxiety Evolving Psychiatry 2022 video podcast (16 min.)
Why Relationships Exist: Evolutionary Foundations for Psychotherapy
Video of a 2022 talk for the World Psychiatry Association
Why hasn't natural selection eliminated mental disorders: a talk for The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland
Evolutionary Psychiatry 40 minute 2021 talk for Abertay University (talk starts at 3 minutes).
Evolutionary Medicine Needs Engineering Expertise a 2021 article for NAE Perspectives about control theory & disease.
Podcast Varför mår vi så dåligt? (in English) with the Stockholm psychiatrist/author/podcaster Åsa Nilsonne about evolution and desire.
The Economist "Books of the Year"
This book will surely change the face of medicine -- and deservedly so. —Robin Dunbar
This is a wise, accessible, highly readable exploration of an issue that goes to the heart of human existence. —Robert Sapolsky
A bold book that would have made Darwin proud. Cutting-edge and compassionate at the same time —Lee Dugatkin
It is no exaggeration to say that he opens the door to a new paradigm in thinking about human beings and their conflicted lives. —Michael Ruse
A provocative book full of intriguing explanations about human nature in all its strengths and weaknesses. —Carl Zimmer
Someday nearly all psychiatry will be identiﬁed as evolutionary psychiatry. If so, Randolph Nesse’s book should be seen as the ﬁeld’s founding document. — David Barash in The Wall Street Journal