EPISODE 416: The Children of the Future
“I don’t know the meaning of life, but I know the purpose of life. It is to create more life.” – Jay Belsky
We’re cavemen pretending to be academic, political, cerebral, and romantic when really we’re mostly motivated by survival and procreation. This is simultaneously depressing and relieving since it explains away some of our most ridiculous actions. On this week’s podcast, Professor Belsky will share with us his life’s research around adaptation, the importance of fatherhood, and a potential “better way” than the American model for child-rearing.
What You’ll Learn:
- How behaviors often labelled maladapted are really perfectly adapted given the environments some children are raised in
- How to think about the role of the mother vs. the father in a child’s life
- Why fathers run away and mother’s stay
- The hardcore truth about the purpose of life
Links & Resources:
- Jay’s new book, The Origins of You
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Professor Jay Belsky is an expert in child development and family studies. He specializes in daycare, parent-child relations during the infancy and early childhood years, the transition to parenthood, the etiology of child maltreatment and the evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles and chapters and the author/editor of several books, including, The National Evaluation of Sure Start: Does Area-Based Early Intervention Work.
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