I am a fan of Ajit Varki and his revolutionary theory that explains the singular emergence of a species with an extended theory of mind, the uniqueness of humans, as well as human optimism bias and denial of reality.
I consider Varki’s theory to be of similar importance to Darwin’s theory.
Radio Ecoshock is the best (and maybe only) weekly podcast that interviews experts on climate change and related issues. I suggested to the host, Alex Smith, that he interview Ajit Varki because I think it is important that we try to awaken our society from its deep state of denial on many important issues.
I am very pleased to report that Alex Smith interviewed Ajit Varki this week.
Congratulations and thanks to both Alex Smith and Ajit Varki for a fabulous interview that is even better than I had hoped for.
Alex Smith said to me:
“The man’s a genius. In addition to being one of America’s top medical researchers, he’s totally aware of the climate threat.”
As of this writing, I am the only amateur enthusiast of Varki’s theory on the planet that I am aware of. I’m hoping this interview might locate a few companions.
Here is the interview with Ajit Varki and an excellent essay by Alex Smith introducing it: