Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
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
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How to frame and test an evolutionary hypothesis about a disease.
Diseases are not traits shaped by selection so they do not have direct evolutionary explanations. But traits that make a species vulnerable to disease need evolutionary explanation, and several may be needed!
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" Buy on Amazon
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