I'm busy doing stuff, but I would be remiss not to direct readers to Michael Blowhard's just wrapped week-long interview series with the formidable Gregory Cochran, co-author (with Henry Harpending) of The 10,000 Year Explosion.
Here is part one.
Here is part two.
Here is part three.
Here is part four.
Here is part five (in which Cochran responds to a selection of readers' comments and questions).
And here is the official 10KYE site, which includes a number of juicy outtakes.
I'm halfway through the book. It's at once a model of good pop-science exposition and a seismically provocative synthesis of the nascent field of what John Derbyshire calls bio-history. If you want to catch up on the genre, other required stops include Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms, Jeffrey Hart's Understanding Human History (free PDF here), Denis Dutton's The Art Instinct, and Jon Entine's Abraham's Children. And if you're inclined to survey the bordering pornographic underbelly, Kevin MacDonald's maddening books are probably worth a look as well. As TGGP points out, The Culture of Critique is now freely available online.
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Dutton is interviewed on BloggingHeads.tv here.