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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joe Henrich. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joe Henrich, often where they are interviewed.

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"The WEIRDest People in The World": Professor Joe Henrich

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Professor Joe Henrich (Harvard) presents his new book on 'how Westerners became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous'.

He suggests that the Western Church eroded kinship in Europe, which enabled a process of cultural evolution, resulting in democratisation, innovation, and economic growth.

I present an alternative hypothesis: through economic development, wage labour, non-familial employment, and rural-urban migration, people broaden their networks beyond kinship. So my suggestion is that economic development fosters cultural change.

Let me know what you think!!

Read more about Professor Henrich: https://henrich.fas.harvard.edu/
And his book: https://weirdpeople.fas.harvard.edu/
Sep 04 2020 · 1hr 3mins
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CARTA 10th Anniversary Symposium: Revisiting the Agenda - Joe Henrich: Cultural Evolution and Dual Inheritance

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CARTA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a whirlwind tour of anthropogeny, the study of the origin of humans, by addressing these questions across multiple disciplines: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed? Series: "CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny" [Science] [Show ID: 34711]
Jun 07 2019 · 14mins

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CARTA 10th Anniversary Symposium: Revisiting the Agenda - Joe Henrich: Cultural Evolution and Dual Inheritance

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CARTA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a whirlwind tour of anthropogeny, the study of the origin of humans, by addressing these questions across multiple disciplines: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed? Series: "CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny" [Science] [Show ID: 34711]
Jun 07 2019 · 14mins
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CARTA 10th Anniversary Symposium: Revisiting the Agenda - Joe Henrich: Cultural Evolution and Dual Inheritance

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CARTA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a whirlwind tour of anthropogeny, the study of the origin of humans, by addressing these questions across multiple disciplines: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed? Series: "CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny" [Science] [Show ID: 34711]
Jun 07 2019 · 14mins

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CARTA 10th Anniversary Symposium: Revisiting the Agenda - Joe Henrich: Cultural Evolution and Dual Inheritance

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CARTA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a whirlwind tour of anthropogeny, the study of the origin of humans, by addressing these questions across multiple disciplines: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed? Series: "CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny" [Science] [Show ID: 34711]
Jun 07 2019 · 14mins
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Ep196 - Why Culture Matters: Joe Henrich on his book The Secret of Our Success

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Humans have always been pretty sure that they were special but we've never quite been sure why. Was it because we were made in God's image? Was it our opposable thumbs? Was it that we had bigger brains? Far be it for us to tell you what God does or does not look like but what Professor Joe Henrich can tell you is that it's not because we have bigger brains. In fact, when you compare the baseline intelligence of human toddlers, chimpanzees and orangutans you find out that we're really not smarter at all. Actually, in many areas we may even be dumber. The one area in which we are definitively smarter even as toddlers is social intelligence. That, it turns out, may be the secret of our success. Individually, we just aren't that smart. But, collectively, we have the capacity for genius. In his book, The Secret of Success, Professor Henrich examines how faith, imitation and trial and error have allowed peoples all over the world to evolve cultural practices so brilliant that the people who practice them very often don't understand why they're important but do them with the unwavering faith of believers. Of course, Professor Henrich's book exists within a culture of its own and although the book itself is a sensible and soundly-reasoned argument for humans' success as being heavily driven by culture it serves to challenge a whole series of cherished ideas within academia and the western world more generally. In The Secret of Our Success, religion is not the bug in the human brain that the New Atheists depict it as but a cornerstone of our ability to adopt useful cultural practices evolved through the cumulative work of people who died long before us. Henrich's book does not buy into the cultural relativism so prevalent in Western media and college campuses that argues that culture doesn't matter but instead makes the case that we ignore culture at our peril such as when Europeans transported crops like corn and manioc without also transporting the cultural practices indigenous peoples had developed to avoid potential longterm health problems from eating these foods. And while the pendulum of academic thought swung away from the blank slate towards an almost purely genetic view of human progress, Henrich reveals the next stage in intellectual thought that reveals how genetic and cultural processes can work together to allow humans to succeed. This is really an astounding book. Put it on the list, folks. Guest Links Website: http://heb.fas.harvard.edu/people/joseph-henrich Twitter: @JoHenrich Guest Promo The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter
Dec 19 2015 · 43mins
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Episode 18: "Boy If Life Were Only Like This" (With Joe Henrich)

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Joe Henrich joins the podcast to tell us that we know nothing about his work and that how we got to teach a class in anything is absolutely amazing.   We continue our discussion from Episode 17 about his critique of the social and behavioral sciences in "The Weirdest People in the World" and his work in small scale societies on fairness norms.  We also talk about the weird American obsession with happiness, monkeys throwing cucumbers, and why some people reject "hyper-fair" offers of more than the half the pot in the ultimatum games.  

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Mar 22 2013 · 49mins
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Joe Henrich (1), April 6, 2009: "The Evolution of Cultural Adaptations: Fijian Food Taboos Protect Against Dangerous Marine Tox

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Apr 09 2009 · 59mins
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Joe Henrich (2), April 6, 2009: "The Evolution of Cultural Adaptations: Fijian Food Taboos Protect Against Dangerous Marine Tox

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Apr 09 2009 · 20mins