The Evolutionary Lens is Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying’s weekly livestream of a wide range of topics, all investigated with an evolutionary lens.
Bret and Heather began The Evolutionary Lens as part of the larger DarkHorse podcast in March 2020.
Early episodes focused almost exclusively on Covid-19, as we discussed the emerging data in the scientific literature, as well as media coverage and public policy. We went against the consensus early on several issues, many of which we have been vindicated on. When the WHO was still mocking people for wearing masks, we advocated wearing them when inside with strangers. When policies across the world were restricting outdoor activities, we discussed the strong evidence that Covid is a disease that transmits almost exclusively indoors, and that being outdoors as much as possible, without a mask, is actually good for you. When mainstream media and scientists were scoffing at the possibility of a lab leak, we were discussing it in depth: first just as one hypothesis that needed to be considered, and then as an ever more likely hypothesis, as more evidence arrived. More recently, we have been discussing the concerning signals in Covid vaccine safety data, and the very promising use of ivermectin as both prophylaxis against and treatment for Covid across the globe. On these last two points, the consensus has not (yet) swung in our direction.
We also spend time in cultural critique, especially of movements that aren’t what they appear. I wrote “14 True Things” shortly after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, and read it on air in episode #20, on June 2, 2020. We critique #ShutDownStem and #BlackLivesMatter and #FollowTheScience and more. We discuss the scientific method, in the abstract and in practice, and explore why being data-driven shouldn’t be anyone’s goal, but being hypothesis-driven should.
When not enmeshed in Covid or cultural critique, we discuss all things evolutionary: tropical rain forests and coral reefs, what monkeys and elephants and parrots and crows have in common, the evolution of brains and bipedality, the natural history of salamanders and coyotes.
Join us live every week, or at any moment thereafter, for a wide ranging, scientifically careful, humanistic discussion of our world, and the human condition.
- Be good to the ones you love
- Eat good food, and
- Get outside.
Find video and audio on YouTube or Odysee (and shorter clips of longer episodes on our YouTube or Odysee clips channels), or on Apple podcasts or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.