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Seize the Moment Podcast

Feb 26, 2023

On episode 162, we welcome Joseph Graves to discuss biological determinism and the purported links between race and IQ, the hypothesis that IQ increased in individuals living in colder weather climates, challenging the assumptions of the popular book ‘The Bell Curve’, environmental factors contributing to educational attainment, the significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study for understanding the economic outcomes of different populations, how racism contributed to Joseph developing imposter syndrome, the genetic differences between white and black people, the diversity and fluidity of sexual orientation and gender found in nature, the evolution of male and female organisms, and the importance of addressing structural racism and sexism for cultivating a better society.

Joseph L. Graves Jr. is a professor of biological sciences in the department of biology at North Carolina A&T State University. He is the first African American to receive a PhD in evolutionary biology. Professor Graves was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1994. He is an associate director of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine and has been recently added to the board of the National Center for Science Education. His new book, out now, is called A Voice in the Wilderness: A Pioneering Biologist Explains How Evolution Can Help Us Solve Our Biggest Problems.


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