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Evolved Nest with Darcia Narvaez


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“Those who are nested are going to be . . . more fit . . . Evolution has done the experiments . . . so we don’t have to . . . do all those crazy things that researchers do because they don’t have any baseline for what is normal for our species in raising children, what I call ‘species typical’.”

Dr. Darcia Narvaez

This is episode 99 and today I’m here with Dr. Darcia Narvaez talking about The Evolved Nest.


Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, is Fellow of American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Psychological Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science. She studies evolved morality, child development & human flourishing in a transdisciplinary manner. Her book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won multiple awards. Recent books include Restoring the Kinship Worldview, The Evolved Nest, and Reimagining Humanity. She is president of and host of .


Nature’s Way: We explain what is an evolved nest.

Should I Have Children: We walk through what Brown Bears can teach us should go into the decision to have a child.

Mutual Accompaniment: We go over what African Elephants can teach us about mutual accompaniment.

Breastfeeding: We cover what Sperm Whales can teach us about breastfeeding.

Sharing Care: We share what Emperor Penguins can teach us about sharing care.

Free Play: We talk about what Beavers can teach us about free play.

Touch: We discuss what Amazon Parrots can teach us about touch.

Emotions: We address what Octopuses can teach us about emotions.

Moral Commitment: We speak to what Gray Wolves can teach us about moral commitment.


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Darcia on Substack

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The Evolved Nest: Nature’s Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities

Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth

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Reimagining Humanity film

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