Pete Smissen is now a Three-Pete (get it) guest on the Mere Mortals and is the awesome host of the Aussie English podcast and the newly created Pete vs Plants YouTube channel.
In Conversation #77, Pete and I discuss: some crazy animal stories from his PhD days, shows like Prehistoric Planet and Altered Carbon which appeal to his love of science, random hypotheticals of pre-colonisation days, why both of us have non-conventional jobs (and bloody love it!!), his new passion of exotic house plant cultivation and some unsavoury shenanigans happening online and in the real world.
Hope you're having a fantastic day wherever you are in the world, Kyrin out!
(0:00) - Three-peat guest
(0:51) - Sitting on turtles at Heron Island
(4:30) - Stepping in turtles (gross) on Raine Island
(10:03) - Hatchlings storming the beach
(12:50) - Marlins, sloth teeth and missing biology
(16:20) - Dinosaur behaviour
(22:18) - Humans misrepresenting animals
(25:00) - Individually incorrect theories but true as a whole
(29:14) - Evolution & aliens
(36:46) - Biological enhancements
(44:30) - Romanticising the past & foreign countries
(54:23) - High IQ people in non-developed nations
(1:02:33) - Guns, Germs and Steel
(1:07:56) - Two jobless slackers
(1:16:17) - Value for Value explanation
(1:19:51) - Why handstand so hard?
(1:31:53) - Rare house plant YouTubers are girls and camp gay men
(1:42:12) - Anything can be interesting if presented in a passionate and smart way
(1:51:34) - Misrepresenting how you get 'insert X'
(1:57:12) - Protesting against the Julian Assange extradition
(2:03:07) - Conspiracy theorists
(2:13:52) - Check out Aussie English and Pete vs Plants
Connect with Pete:
Pete vs Plants: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPhARg2VN5k1fO8xhff6m2g
Aussie English: https://www.youtube.com/c/AussieEnglishPodcast
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