June 27, 2021

A Zoologists Guide To Aliens w/ Dr Arik Kershenbaum & Will Preston


There's a lot of what we know from Earth that can teach us what to expect from extraterrestrials in the future. In this week's episode, Zoologist, Dr Arik Kershenbaum joins comedian Will Preston to discuss insights from Arik's book 'A Zoologists Guide to The Galaxy:  What Animals on Earth Reveal about Aliens' which has won praise from high places, including Richard Dawkins.

In this episode we cover common expectations, what alien mating might be like, what drives human evolution and the best and worst depictions of aliens in popular culture.

Expert guest:
 Dr Arik Kershenbaum is a zoologist, College Lecturer, and Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He has researched animal vocal communication for the past ten years in Europe, Israel and the United States and has published more than twenty academic publications on the topic. He is also a member of the international board of advisors for METI.org, a think tank on the topic of Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.


Comedy guest:
Will Preston has been performing comedy since 2016 all across the UK and the US. He is a regular at the top comedy clubs on the London scene. Will is also the co-host of the Marvel Versus Marvel podcast.