Joseph Henrich: Cross-Cultural Research, Intelligence, Mating Systems, and Religion

The Dissenter | 28 August 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joseph Henrich discussing how culture shapes human psychology; human universals, and cognitive phenotypes; how different fields reacted to the WEIRD problem; the replication crisis; how to understand biases, like the prestige bias; what drives innovation, and cumulative culture; the collective brain hypothesis, and reframing how we think about intelligence and IQ; assortative mating, human mating systems, and the relationship between polygyny and inequality; religion, Big Gods, and theory of mind; the best methods to study psychology historically; and the overreliance on English speakers in the study of human cognition, and the need for people from more diverse cultural backgrounds in science.

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Joseph Henrich on The WEIRDest People in the World

The Ezra Klein Show | 26 May 2023 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Joseph Henrich about his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Discusses Henrich’s theory of how “cultural evolution” leads to psychological – even genetic – changes in humans, the difference between societies that experience “shame” as a dominant emotion as opposed to “guilt,” the unique power of religion in driving cultural change, how cultural inventions like reading have reshaped human biology, why religious communes tend to outlast secular ones, why Henrich believes there is no static “human nature” aside from our cultural learning abilities, how differences in moral psychology across the United States can predict Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 vote share, why higher levels of immigration tend to lead to far more innovation, and more.

See also episodes with Joseph Henrich on Conversations with Tyler and The Insight.

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Why Western Europeans Are So WEIRD and Why That Matters

The Insight | 8 September 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joseph Henrich about his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Discusses the co-evolution of culture, institutions, and psychology and the implications for the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history.

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Joseph Henrich on Cultural Evolution, WEIRD Societies, and Life Among Two Strange Tribes

Conversations with Tyler | 14 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Joseph Henrich, author of The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter. Argues that intelligence is overrated and that social learning, and its ability to influence biological evolution over time, is what really sets our species apart. Discusses his work on cultural evolution, his life among different tribes (academic and otherwise), China’s missing industrial revolution, and the Flynn effect.

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