UW’s Jeffrey Lockwood featured on WNYC Radiolab

WNYC Radiolab’s latest “short” podcast features University of Wyoming professor Jeffrey Lockwood. “Killer Empathy” (run time 18 minutes 33 seconds) explores the mysterious nature of violence in both the human and animal worlds.

Jeffrey Lockwood formerly studied grasshoppers, locusts and other insects, but now teaches creative writing and philosophy at the University of Wyoming. (Ted Brummond – click to enlarge)

Lockwood, a WyoFile contributor, is a renowned entomologist, author, and is a professor of creative writing and philosophy. He tells the story of how he discovered what he believes is some level of self-awareness among a particularly fierce breed of cricket, which got him to thinking about violent behavior. Then the senseless, violent death of a mentor only made the quest for understanding more difficult.

You can download the podcast for free at iTunes, or go straight to Radiolab.org.

Read a WyoFile feature about Jeffrey Lockwood.

Read Lockwood’s essays published by WyoFile: “Six-Legged Teachers,” and “Art & Energy.”

— Contact WyoFile editor-in-chief Dustin Bleizeffer at (307) 577-6069 or dustin@wyofile.com.

Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps member covering energy and climate at WyoFile. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic, and for 25 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily...

Leave a comment

Want to join the discussion? Fantastic, here are the ground rules: * Provide your full name — no pseudonyms. WyoFile stands behind everything we publish and expects commenters to do the same. * No personal attacks, profanity, discriminatory language or threats. Keep it clean, civil and on topic. *WyoFile does not fact check every comment but, when noticed, submissions containing clear misinformation, demonstrably false statements of fact or links to sites trafficking in such will not be posted. *Individual commenters are limited to three comments per story, including replies.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *