Desire: Why You Want What You Want & How Evolution Made You Who You Are


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Hold a strand of spaghetti at each end and break it in 2. It cannot be done. And this puzzle has mystified great minds of science including Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman. Now there appears to be an explanation which I’ll tell you at the beginning of this episode.

You have a lot of desires. Have you ever wondered why you desire those things? Why do you want what you want? Joining me with an explanation is Luke Burgis. He is an entrepreneur and a philosopher and he has written a book about desire titled, Wanting ( that offers insight into what triggers out desires - big and small.

Have you ever asked yourself - if we evolved from apes, why are there still apes? That’s one of the several confusing questions about evolution tackled by my guest Marlene Zuk. She is an evolutionary biologist and author of the book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live ( If you ever wondered how we evolved to be who and where we are - you need to listen.

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