Today we have award-winning scientist, author, educator, and film producer Sean B. Carroll with us to talk about the role of chance in biological life with his newest book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You. Randomness and chance of course play a role in just about everything, and especially investments. But there’s wide debate about just how much of life and market results are defined by randomness and how much of those are truly within our control. The greatest scientists and philosophers of our age continue to wrestle with that issue (they always will, of course), and while we won’t solve those deep life mysteries for you here, Sean’s perspective on chance at the foundational level of biology—how randomness affects our very DNA—will make you think differently. This is a wide-ranging discussion about dinosaurs, viruses, DNA mutation, and so much else. Investors should pay close attention—while imperfect, analogies of markets to biological systems are well worth considering. Remember to find us on Twitter @wellreadpod and Instagram at @wellreadinvestorpod or just google the Well Read Investor to see what I’m reading, reviewing, and talking about week in and out. And as always, may all your reading profit your mind and your money.
Sean B. Carroll on the Evolution, Adaptation, and Regulation of Life
Sustainable Dish Podcast
In today's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, chats with Sean B. Carroll. Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He received a Ph.D. in immunology from Tufts University. He is currently the Andrew and Mary Balo and Nicholas and Susan Simon Endowed Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland, Vice-President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Executive Director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin. James and Sean discuss the book and the subsequent documentary film, Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works, and Why it Matters. They also discuss Brave Genius: A Scientist, Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. The latter book describes the conflict that happens when ideology trumps science in agriculture and the resulting famines in the USSR and China. Lastly, they touch on his newest book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You, which explores the role of chance in the development of life. Be sure to check out this episode and his latest book right away. To get to know him and his work, visit his website where you can find his books, films, articles, interviews, and more. This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.
77 - Sean B. Carroll - Revolutionising Our Understanding of Evo Biology [Public Limited Version]
Two for Tea with Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose
Note: Sean B. Carroll the evolutionary biologist and Sean M. Carroll the quantum physicist are both equally awe-inspiring. They are not the same person. Sean’s new book A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (2020) can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortunate-Events-Chance-Making-Planet/dp/0691218900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611219491&sr=1-1Sean’s classic book Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom (2005) can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endless-Forms-Most-Beautiful-Science/dp/1849160481His book and film The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works can be found here: https://www.seanbcarroll.com/the-serengeti-rules#:~:text=In%20The%20Serengeti%20Rules%2C%20award,the%20planet%20we%20depend%20upon.For more on Sean:https://www.seanbcarroll.com/Follow Sean on Twitter @SeanBiolCarrollFurther ReferencesEvo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody) | A Capella Science - YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqReeTV_vkThe Hox gene family synteny on chromosome 3 of Drosophila melanogaster... | Download Scientific Diagram (researchgate.net):https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-Hox-gene-family-synteny-on-chromosome-3-of-Drosophila-melanogaster-and-the-segments_fig4_322698687Introduction to Trilobites:https://www.trilobites.info/trilobite.htmEye Development - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics:https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/eye-developmentTimestamps03:00 Misunderstandings about chance and probability04:42 The precise timing of the asteroid strike 66 million years07:48 Quantum fibrillation in the structure of DNA14:34 Redundancy in the genome17:50 How small the differences are that matter20:51 The central insight of evo devo28:38 Genetic switches and the choreography of development32:13 It’s ain’t what you have, it’s the way that you use it. How diversity is achieved.38:52 Homologous modular structures43:20 Hox genes and the GPS coordinate system for the body45:00 Williston’s law and why we have leeway to experiment49:47 Polarities, how changes in the embryo create changes in the animal55:02 Chance and the individual
Sean B. Carroll: Chance, Evolution, and the Nature of Innovation | #3
Mind & Matter
Sean B. Carroll, PhD is an award-winning biologist, author, and filmmaker. Nick and Sean discuss everything from Sean's unique career trajectory and writing process, to dinosaurs and snake venom, to COVID19, the evolution of viruses, and why comedians and scientists are kindred spirits. USEFUL LINKS:Download the podcast & follow Nick at his website[www.nickjikomes.com]Support the show on Patreon & get early access to episodes[https://www.patreon.com/nickjikomes]Sign up for the weekly Mind & Matter newsletter[http://eepurl.com/hFlc7H]Try MUD/WTR, a mushroom-based coffee alternative[https://www.mudwtr.com/mindmatter]Discount Code ($5 off) = MINDMATTEROrganize your digital highlights & notes w/ Readwise (2 months free w/ subscription)[https://readwise.io/nickjikomes/]Start your own podcast (get $20 Amazon gift card after signup)[https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1507198]Buy Mind & Matter T-Shirts[https://www.etsy.com/shop/OURMIND?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1036758072&section_id=34648633]Connect with Nick Jikomes on Twitter[https://twitter.com/trikomes]ABOUT Nick Jikomes:Nick is a neuroscientist and podcast host. He is currently Director of Science & Innovation at Leafly, a technology startup in the legal cannabis industry. He received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University and a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickjikomes)
Drew is joined this week by award-winning scientist, author, educator, and film producer Sean B. Carroll for a conversation about the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Sean's newest book 'A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You' is available now on amazon and anywhere you get books.
113. Sean B. Carroll: A Series of Fortunate Events
Town Hall Seattle Science Series
Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but scientist Sean B. Carroll joined us with startling scientific discoveries to assert that we live in a world driven by chance. Carroll drew from his book A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You to submit that humans, like every other species, are here by accident. But what a glorious convergence of accidents! He examined how shocking it is just how many things—any of which might never have occurred—had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist. From an extremely improbably asteroid impact, to the wild gyrations of the Ice Age, to invisible accidents in our parents’ bodies, we are all here through an astonishing series of fortunate events. Carroll invited us to ponder how chance continues to reign every day—and consider a new appreciation for the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Balo-Simon Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland. His books include The Serengeti Rules, Brave Genius, and Remarkable Creatures, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Buy the Book: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9780691201757 Watch this livestreamed presentation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jaqkVRWZUv0 Presented by Town Hall Seattle. To make a donation or become a member click here.
Sean B. Carroll on A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You
Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
(10/27/20) Dr. Sean B. Carroll is the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Carroll’s latest book “A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You” tells the story of the awesome power of chance, the surprising source of all beauty and diversity in the universe. Join us for a look at one of the most important but least appreciated aspects of life in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
117 | Sean B. Carroll on Randomness and the Course of Evolution
Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
To close season 10, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome back Dr. Sean B. Carroll - award-winning scientist, writer, and educator. Dr. Carroll's new book, The Serengeti Rules, examines the fundamental question of how life works as he uncovers the rules that determine the number of species in an environment and the diversity within that community. What this molecular biologist learns in the field provides insights into evolution, conservation and functional environmentalism that affect us all on the local and global level. Listen to the show to hear how Dr. Carroll shares compelling stories of science that include exploration with epic adventures, surprise, and even a little detective work in The Serengeti Rules. Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2017/05/episode-168-serengeti-rules/
Sean B. Carroll - The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Nature Works, and Why It Matters
Aquarium of the Pacific AquaCast
Sean B. Carroll recorded this Aquacast at the Aquarium on October 27, 2016. Dr. Carroll is a scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer. He is vice president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.