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The WEIRDest People in the World

How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

Joseph Henrich

Explore the origins and evolution of the Western mind and its impact on the world in The WEIRDest People in the World. By delving into global psychological diversity, Harvard professor Joseph Henrich illuminates the cultural transformations that led to highly individualistic, nonconformist societies like ours. Drawing on research in anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology, Henrich maps the shifts in family structures, marriage, and religion that laid the foundation for the modern world. This highly engaging and provocative investigation reveals the fascinating interplay between culture, institutions, and psychology that shapes human history.
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Ben's book choice #1 by @JoHenrich, which I also highly recommend:      source
I have to mention Joe Henrich @JoHenrich, who hasn't appeared yet but will soon. His book "The WEIRDest People in the World" is a fascinating look at the special psychology of Western educated folk.      source
Finished this while waiting for the results. Huge book but eminently readable. And very important. Highly recommended.      source
@TonyFratto The surprising history of cousin marriage bans is at the center of this fascinating book:      source
Heinrich's book on WIERD cultures is the best account of the industrial revolution I've read. Once WEIRD-ness gets going, it eats everything in sight, and completely reorders power, norms, and social structures.      source
Agreed. I'm also just starting @JoHenrich's book , and it's just filled with cool proposals, insights, and discoveries. (Put another way, there's a pleasingly high ratio of ideas per page)      source
It's a terrific book.      source
The WEIRDest People in the World by @JoHenrich is among the best books I have read in the last 5-10 years. It is long but very readable and every page is worth it. My review:      source
Three very good books worth reading: (1) The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, (2) The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, (3) Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe      source