Evolution

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Have you ever wondered why people tend to recoil at the sight of a snake- even if they’ve never been bitten or threatened by one? Well, you can thank Evolutionary Psychology for that.

Today on the show we’ll talk with Dr. Glenn Geher, the founding director of Evolutionary studies in Psychology from SUNY in New Paltz about his new book in which he advocates for positivity as we continue to evolve.

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You may have heard of feral cats, but have you heard of feral chickens? Feral chickens are now the subject of evolutionary research. And the ones in Tampa's Ybor City and Key West are perfect fodder to study. 


The Galapagos Islands represent one of the world’s pinnacles of natural diversity as well as scientific discovery. It is the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, and has since become one of the last unspoiled ecosystems on earth. A new book traces the the journey of the scientists who spent a year in the Galapagos collecting specimens that bolstered Darwin's ideas.

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A new book published by the University Press of Florida entitled, “Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom” looks at Florida’s place in a long-fought cultural battle over whether schools should be teaching Evolution as fact—and whether Creationism should also have a place in the state’s textbooks.

Brandon Haught is the author of “Going Ape.” Haught is a former Marine Corps combat correspondent and current public information officer with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also a founding board member and volunteer communications director for Florida Citizens for Science—a group that describes its work as “rooting out attempts to undermine our state's future, such as the blatant promotion of anti-scientific ideas, Intelligent Design/Creationism.”

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A new book published by the University Press of Florida entitled, “Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom” looks at Florida’s place in a long-fought cultural battle over whether schools should be teaching Evolution as fact—and whether Creationism should also have a place in the state’s textbooks.

Brandon Haught is the author of “Going Ape.” Haught is a former Marine Corps combat correspondent and current public information officer with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also a founding board member and volunteer communications director for Florida Citizens for Science—a group that describes its work as “rooting out attempts to undermine our state's future, such as the blatant promotion of anti-scientific ideas, Intelligent Design/Creationism.”