The Purpose Podcast

by Siddhant Pusdekar

Through the purpose podcast we will meet people involved in the Biological Purpose Project. They include experimentalists, theoreticians, and philosophers working on a range of problems from curing cancer to the conservation of the biosphere. In each episode, we delve into the unexpected ways in which they're blending philosophy and science.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Further And Further And Further Back In Time

    Further And Further And Further Back In Time

    Host Siddhant Pusdkekar speaks to Joanna Masel about how she stumbled upon a 4 billion year old trend and a problem that evolution has been trying to solve since the beginning of life Papers referenced in this episode Genes from Junk DNA https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01925-6.pdf Papers on directionality in evolution by Joanna Masel https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7153934/ https://elifesciences.org/articles/57347 https://academic.oup.com/genetics/article/211/4/1345/5931507

  • Evolution x Design - Butterfly Wing Wallpaper

    Evolution x Design - Butterfly Wing Wallpaper

    Emilie Snell-Rood convinces people that studying weird animals can be useful for designing things. Jessica Rossi-Mastracci is looking forward to playing with bioinspired designs, one of which may or may not be a butterfly wing wallpaper In this episode of The Purpose Podcast we meet a designer and an evolutionary biologist who are working together to bring light into a dark corner of the University of Minnesota Artwork by Bernie Cook, who is open to requests (nardcook13@gmail.com) The Purpose podcast is hosted and produced by Siddhant Pusdekar (pusde001@umn.edu) and is brought to you by the Biological Purpose Project (https://www.biologicalpurpose.org/) funded by The John Templeton Foundation Music (In order of appearance) Aimless Walk by Silicon Transmitter Emotions Are Alright With Me by Geb Sourced from the Free Music Archive

  • Finding Order in Malady

    Finding Order in Malady

    Ramray Bhat is an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Banagalore, India. He studies how collectives of cancer cells migrate and metastasize to new organs within the human body. To learn more about the Biological Purpose Project visit - https://www.biologicalpurpose.org/ Podcast produced by Siddhant Pusdekar Episode cover art by Bernie Cook Music (In order of appearance) Aimless Walk by Silicon Transmitter Where everything begins by drób Emotions Are Alright With Me by Geb Sourced from the Free Music Archive