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Nicholas Christakis


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Nicholas A. Christakis is an American sociologist and physician known for his research on social networks and on the socioeconomic, biosocial, and evolutionary determinants of behavior, health, and longevity.
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Exposing Slavery
Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America
Matthew Fox-Amato - Apr 01, 2019
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Within a few years of the introduction of photography into the United States in 1839, slaveholders had already begun commissioning photographic portraits of their slaves. Ex-slaves-turned-abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass had come to see how sitting for a portrait could help them project humanity and dignity amidst northern racism. In the fi...
Nicholas Christakis
Nov 07, 2020
This is a deeply and inventively researched, and powerful, book: by @fox_amato via @OxUniPress Strongly recommended. Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America      source
A Hopeful History
Rutger Bregman - Jun 02, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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From the author of New York Times bestseller UTOPIA FOR REALISTS, a revolutionary argument that the innate goodness and cooperation of human beings has been the greatest factor in our success.If one basic principle has served as the bedrock of bestselling author Rutger Bregman's thinking, it is that every progressive idea -- whether it was the abol...
Nicholas Christakis
Jun 26, 2020
This book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, by @rcbregman, has the most riveting prologues of any work of non-fiction I have ever read. And its fundamental argument is one that, unsurprisingly, I strongly agree with, too. Kudos.      source
The Iliad
A New Translation by Peter Green
Homer - May 14, 2015 (first published in 750)
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One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, the Iliad is a timeless epic poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. Renowned scholar and acclaimed translator Peter Green captures the Iliad in all its surging thunder for a new generation of readers.Featurin...
Nicholas Christakis
Oct 24, 2017
@GabrielRossman And Hector is the only real (tragic) hero (and a real man) in the Illiad, a book I read once every other year, for solace and wisdom. 2/      source
Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship (Volume 5) (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture)
Daniel J. Hruschka - Sep 24, 2010
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Friends-they are generous and cooperative with each other in ways that appear to defy standard evolutionary expectations, frequently sacrificing for one another without concern for past behaviors or future consequences. In this fascinating multidisciplinary study, Daniel J. Hruschka synthesizes an array of cross-cultural, experimental, and ethnogra...
Nicholas Christakis
Sep 21, 2015
Great book by Hruschka: "Friendship: Development, Ecology, & Evolution of a Relationship" @barrywellman @davidlazer See also our PNAS papers      source