Nichola Raihani is a professor of evolution and behaviour at University College London. Her research focuses on the evolution of punishment and paranoia. In this conversation, we talk about the fieldwork she did for her PhD in the Kalahari desert, the evolution of punishment, proximate and ultimate explanations, cleaner fish, and Nichola's book The Social Instinct.
BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. New conversations every other Friday. You can find the podcast on all podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify, Apple/Google Podcasts, etc.).
00:05: Surnames in science
03:33: Behavioural ecology or psychology?
13:37: What's it like to do fieldwork in the Kalahari desert, habituating birds to humans?
20:41: The evolution of punishment
29:51: Proximate and ultimate explanations in evolution
46:05: What can we learn about human cooperation by studying cleaner fish?
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