My guest today is Douglas Emlen, a professor at the University of Montana. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. He has also earned multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award.
The topic is his book Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle.
In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:
Taking our lessons from animals
The connection with human and animal arms races
Comparing the fiddler crap to US and USSR bombers during the cold war
Defining evolutionary biology
How an arms race can run its course via the example of the sabertooth tiger
The arms race in the trading world
How the cuttlefish has found its way around the “alpha” system
Finding “workarounds” when the deck is stacked against you
War games and detente
Why predictability in weapons is important
The importance of being nimble
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