Randolph Nesse is a physician and evolutionary biologist. He has a particular interest on the origin and biology of emotions. Students will find his ideas on how evolution can explain the reasons why we feel a certain way pretty enlightening and possibly liberating. Why do we feel peer pressure? Why do we feel anxiety? Why do we like so much the food that is bad for us? Many of these questions and more find their answers from an understanding of evolution.
Zoologist Richard Dawkins conducted an extensive interview with Nesse for his documentary on Charles Darwin. This is the full uncut interview.
If you want to learn more about Randolph Nesse's ideas, you can purchase his book Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. Dr Erard also has a few copies available in his lab that he can lend.