The evolutionary origins of a good society with Nicholas Christakis

This episode is with Nicholas Christakis. He is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, where he directs the Human Nature Lab. He is also the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. His research focuses on social networks and the socioeconomic, biosocial, and evolutionary determinants of behavior, health, and longevity. Here we talk about nature nurture, The social suite which includes eight core properties of any good society, The forbidden experiment in sociology, and morality. 

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00:00:00 Introduction 

00:01:03 Major questions about human societies 

00:07:16 Importance of human social networks

00:09:58 Nature- nurture debate 

00:14:15 The social suite 

00:16:06 Importance of the social society in creating a human society 

00:22:17 Going beyond the social suite in a society 

00:24:25 Extended phenotype and Exo-phenotype 

00:29:36 Exo-phenotype and Darwinian evolution 

00:30:30 Importance of an individual in a society 

00:34:48 In-group bias 

00:44:56 How much we can change 'In-group bias'? 

00:47:03 Robert Sapolsky's 'Categorical thinking' 

00:53:05 Life on Mars 

00:54:11 Importance of Mild hierarchies 

00:55:49 Mentorship over Narcissism 

01:01:39 Love in human societies 

01:06:15 Morality 

01:09:11 Thank you!  

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