From his start as a pediatrician, to serving as Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand for nearly a decade, Sir Peter Gluckman has represented category of science and society. He joins on this episode to discuss his career, along with his recently released book Ingenious: The Unintended Consequences of Human Innovation.
As President-elect of the International Science Council, Sir Gluckman will continue to provide value in the fields of science, health, global impacts, and more. His book Ingenious focuses on how our innovation has led to impacts we did not plan for, and how we can work with these consequences, and help to prevent unwanted future consequences.
how Sir Gluckman’s career has panned out over time, and how he started out as a pediatrician
his experience as Chief Science Advisor for the Prime Minister of New Zealand
what it means to be a “knowledge broker”, and how connecting people to the right people is an important skill
the ways that Sir Gluckman has written about or focused on reduction of obesity, as well as being co-chair of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
partnering writing books with his co-author Mark Hanson, and what each brought to the table across the decades
how the early experience between parent and child affects so much of a person’s life
the important of psychological resilience, and how it separates segments of individuals
how evolutionary thinking is a unifying element of biology
the global impacts we are facing now, which we did not have in place 200 years ago
the belief or non-belief by citizens that their governments can help to take care of basic societal needs
dealing with misinformation that is released, and how governments or public companies can adapt
the level of research put out by smaller countries, versus the percentage put out by some of the larger countries, along with some specific examples
whether a centrally-situated response wins out against solutions around the world, to global issues
a message about how to cope with rapid environmental, social, and technological changes which are taking place
Prolific science writing in the topics of evolution, parasites, and the brain is the domain of author and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer, who joins us on episode 207 of the show.
Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2004 he has written about science for the New York Times, where his column “Matter” has appeared weekly since 2013. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life.