What drove human evolution? How did our species go from being a relatively unremarkable primate a few million years ago to the most successful species on the globe?
How has culture shaped our species genetic evolution, including our physiology, anatomy and psychology?
How can we use evolutionary theory to understand how people learn and transmit culture, and how does this lay a foundation for building a theory of cultural evolution?
How can we understand human social status? What’s the nature of prestige?
How can we explain the breadth, intensity and peculiar character of human sociality and cooperation?
What role has war and other forms of intergroup conflict played in human evolution, particularly in the evolution of cooperation and sociality?
In only about 12,000 years, how did human societies expand from relatively small-scale hunter-gatherer bands to vast and complex nation states?
What drives innovation and the process of cumulative cultural evolution?
How does cultural evolution shape our psychology, brains, motivations, hormonal responses, intuitive reactions, beliefs, worldviews and preferences? How can we account for the immense psychological variation we observe across the globe?
How can we explain the peculiar psychological and behavioral patterns observed in societies that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD societies)?
Joe Henrich on Twitter
- 🦍@johenrich on cultural evolution, WEIRD societies, and more #UBSCenterForum #EconomicsForSociety @ubscenter t.co/WztkdWGcz3
- Important new cross-cultural research with the Himba challenges claims about the universality of cognitive set. Excellent new paper on cultural variation in cognitive flexibility by my postdoc @SezDoesScience and colleagues. t.co/KwOmnW3HdG t.co/M0xU37p4iD
- Male mountain gorillas really love hanging around with infants, and it turns out that the most attentive babysitters end up with the most babies of their own. That's important for understanding our own evolution: t.co/5y2yOrR7gN
- fabulous new paper about the positive effects of infant care on male fitness in mountain gorillas t.co/MPoFXoQ4J6
- Cultural Evolution: "how our species managed to scale up cooperation in the last 12 millennia" Human Cooperation: The Hunter-Gatherer Puzzle @JoHenrich @CurrentBiology t.co/NsR0z45xeY #Hazda #ultrasociality #modernhumans t.co/AGvyquVSVQ