So tell me about yourself: Storytelling and the Science of Love with Helen Fisher

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If Dr. Hellen Fisher isn’t a household name in your house (yet), her work certainly is. Helen is a biological anthropologist and basically the reason you can date online. She’s an expert on romantic love, gender differences, the evolution of human emotions and attraction. She has also been the Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com and was instrumental in their offshoot, Chemistry.com. She has explored how love patterns are actually deeply coded in our physiology and neuropsychology. We talk about how to understand sex, love, and dating across human behavior, patterns in courtship, and the evolution of bonding.

But beyond this, Helen is a wildly popular author, TED speaker and public intellectual. To this end brings to the table a wealth of insight into how to translate anthropological insights in ways that feel meaningful to people today.

Hellen discusses her career path, how she strayed from the field of academia, became an accredited author and eventually an advisor to Match.com We discuss how to handle media attention, the tactics of public speaking, and how to connect to your audiences.

In this episode we focus on:

  • Fisher’s formula for making anthropology matter in the mainstream
  • The biological anthropology of how we find love and who we are attracted to
  • The ways in which we can apply/sell anthropology in a context outside of academia
  • Effective tactics of public speaking and audience engagement

Guest Bio: Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist who studies human behavior, love, and attraction. She has been the Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com for ten years and was instrumental in their offshoot, Chemistry.com. Additionally Fisher is known for her TedTalks and is even a Ted All-Star but not only is she popular on the TedTalk circuit she also has appeared in several YouTube videos and has written books about love and relationships. Some of her books include Anatomy of Love (2016), Why We Love (2004), and Why Him Why Her? (2009).

Where to Find Helen Fisher:

helenfisher.com

Pew Research on online dating

Music: Epidemic Sounds

  • Girl Like You (Instrumental Version) - Flux Vortex
  • Sweet Talk (Instrumental Version) - Tyra Chantey

Episode Art: Sara Schmieder

Episode Production: Elizabeth Smyth, Sara Schmieder, Sarah McDonough, Adam Gamwell

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