The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Nicholas A. Christakis
For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions -- our tools, farms, ma...
2019-04-01T12:46:58.000ZIn his terrific book Blueprint, Christakis explains that humans have evolved to work together and be social. Although this instinct originally developed because it made us more likely to live longer, our need to form groups has had a huge impact on human history. – source
2019-04-01T19:46:58.000ZBLUEPRINT by @NAChristakis is a terrific book that is optimistic about the human condition and that explores the evolutionary origins of a good society. It's a joy to read and it highlights ways to make our society better. via @littlebrown – source
2019-04-10T14:27:38.000ZExcited to get the book of @NAChristakis as I am trying to go deeper into the notion of fractal (multiscale) localism & see what's wrong w/my thesis: It isn't individuals vs societies but fractal gradations, each w/specific dynamics, (contra the selfish gene philosophastering) – source
2019-04-02T00:50:34.000ZI cannot recommend too highly the new book by @NAChristakis: One of the finest -- and most humane -- minds of our time. – source