MATT RIDLEY ON EVOLUTION, ECONOMICS, AND “IDEAS HAVING SEX”

I was trying to watch a painfully awful “debate” between YouTube sensation ThunderfOOt and Ray “BananaMan” Comfort this morning. It’s awful. Ray Comfort has years of entertainment experience and ThunderfOOt is too docile and polite to do any harm to Ray’s trump card, “God did it.”

I stumbled on this gem of an interview below, that eased the pain of the Thunder/Comfort debacle. It actually answers questions rather than features two bumbling mouths stumble over the silliness of Ray “Lead Me NOT to Think” Comfort.

More about Matt Ridley below the fold.

Matt Ridley, an Oxford-educated zoologist, turned to journalism in 1983 when he got a job as The Economist’s science reporter. He soon became the magazine’s Washington correspondent and eventually served as its American editor.

Ridley has written several acclaimed books that combine clear explanations of complex biology with discussions of the science’s implications for human society. In the reason.tv interview, Ridley discusses some of the themes in The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureThe Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of CooperationGenome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, & What Makes Us Human; as well as his forthcoming book which seeks to understand how and why human progress happens.

Paul Feine and Alex Manning interviewed Ridley in the Milton and Rose Friedman Reading Room at Chapman University in Orange, California.

More here at reason.tv

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