Navigating Neurodiversity and Evolutionary Biology - Andreas Hofer
MindHack PodcastApril 15, 2021x
00:52:3772.31 MB

Navigating Neurodiversity and Evolutionary Biology - Andreas Hofer

Andreas Hofer has been interested in evolutionary psychology for almost 30 years now. His blog 04:29:00-07:00&max-results=13" style="color: #d9534f;">The Bigger Picture discusses ideas he has when he tries to understand the patterns he sees in the world. A self-published author of over 30 books with topics ranging from neurodiversity in children to how misunderstood human beings become misfits. 

In this conversation, we’re taking a dive into a theory on evolutionary biology that seeks to explain why up to 0.8% of the world's population has Asperger’s, or high functioning Autism, amongst other topics. What Andreas proposes personally interests me since I myself have a mild case of Asperger's. This is a fascinating conversation for anybody interested in knowing more about neurodiversity in our modern age. 

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Show Notes

00:00 - Evolutionary theory & psychology

03:15 - Human reproduction & offspring

06:08 - Born to Be Different inspiration

09:24 - Hunter-gatherer vs farmer

12:25 - ADHD & creativity

13:55 - Neurodiversity

18:30 - More differences between hunter-gatherers & farmers

19:55 - Traits

23:53 - Technology

24:51 - Societal boundaries

25:57 - Sensitivity among creative people

27:40 - Hunter-gatherer traits

29:06 - Cognitive empathy

33:41 - Honesty

38:05 - View on current government

39:15 - Hunter-gatherer careers

41:47 - What the future holds for hunter-gatherers

44:13 - Children

46:57 - Evolving as a culture

48:25 - Positive perspectives

50:06 - Conclusion