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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 10+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams.

Mar 30, 2015

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
  • International hacking
  • 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
  • One-on-one showdowns
  • The importance of being nimble

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