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Coleman Hughes on The Evolution of Culture with Joseph Henrich [S2 Ep.20]

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Conversations With Coleman Logo  fiber_manual_record  Jun 28th, 2021

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Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.


For my members who have signed up via my website, I'm pleased to announce that transcripts are now available for Season One of Conversations with Coleman.


My guest today is Joseph Henrich, a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Joseph is also the author of the books, "The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous", "The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter" and "Why Humans Cooperate: A Cultural and Evolutionary Explanation (Evolution and Cognition)"


We talk about the ways in which cultural practices have shaped human biology, why culture is the real reason why humans dominate over the animal kingdom, the implicit wisdom in many tribal cultural traditions, lactose intolerance, and other ways that culture has interacted with genetics, so-called WEIRD cultures (Western Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic) and how they differ from more traditional cultures and much more.

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