My question: Why did natural selection leave us so vulnerable to disease?
My fields: Evolutionary medicine and 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
Core Principles for Evolutionary Medicine, 2019
How to frame and test an evolutionary hypothesis about a disease. Two page version
Diseases do not have direct evolutionary explanations, but traits that make a species vulnerable to disease need evolutionary explanation, and several may be needed.
Tacit Creationism: A current focus
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