Evolutionary biologist. Surgeon. Oncologist. Physician. Plastic surgeon. A masters in medical law and ethics. Scientist. Author. Storyteller. Social entrepreneur.
“Open heart(ed) surgeon”, in the words of TIME magazine.
These should be an impossible-enough roster.
But the landscape of Sharad Paul’s imagination doesn’t fall into neat disciplinary grooves. And in this conversation, the polymathic author and surgeon – he’s a New Zealander who’s won his country’s highest medical honour and is often called Renaissance Man – takes a rollercoaster ride through our evolutionary and genetic makeup, and decodes how they shape everything from our allergies and food cravings to procrastination and impulsiveness, and even how many cups of coffee a day we can get away with.
Sharad’s new book, The Genetics of Health, is – to quote the Pulitzer-winning writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, “an exhilarating journey through the shifting landscape of genetics, health and evolution”, a window into your future self and your future wellbeing, so do yourself a favour. Watch the session. Buy the book.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.