Culture, Innovation, and the Collective Brain

Many Minds | 3 February 2021 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about why our brains got so big; how culture makes us smart; where innovation comes from; the cultural brain hypothesis; what this means for a general theory of intelligence across species; explaining the Flynn Effect; how group size and interconnectedness power culture; the evolution of brain size in humans & cetaceans; why psychology needs to become a historical science; and more.

This episode was so insightful that I went looking for more. The episode with Michael Muthukrishna on The Dissenter is also very good.

Humans, Dogs, and Other Domesticated Animals

Many Minds | 9 December 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Hare about his book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding our Origins and Rediscovering our Common Humanity, co-authored with Vanessa Woods. Discusses the evidence that as we domesticated farm animals to make them tamer and easier to work with, we also seem to have domesticated ourselves. Argues that self-domestication was the force that allowed ancient humans to develop larger social networks and, in turn, more sophisticated technologies.