Social behavior has an evolutionary advantage. We’re now seeing new ways that social behavior has evolutionary impact, too. Behavior and biology interplay in the evolution of cooperation.
Recent and ongoing incidents of blatant racism and police brutality against African Americans has reignited the discussion of reparations for the US history of slavery and racism. After 250 years of legal slavery and another 150+ years of discrimination, what could reparations even look like? Here’s a design experiment for reparations, based on topics covered...Continue reading
We are social creatures, down to our genes. We live together because it’s an advantage for us, individually and collectively.
The United States is entering a major election year. You’re going to hear a lot of debate about public spending on health care costs and social services.
This entire blog is built on the assumption that we share a social nature, even down to our biology.
In Silicon Valley, companies discuss and worry about their “technical debt.” That’s the friction caused by the accumulation of bad design choices, expedient compromises, avoided decisions, and postponed work.
When I say in this blog that we are social creatures, I’m being quite literal. Our brains are physically wired to be social. Each one of us has an interpersonal neurobiology that responds to the world around us.
As shown in my previous post on fairness featuring video about Capuchin monkeys who were paid unequally, fairness is innate. But what is the evolutionary benefit of fairness? Brian Hayden, professor emeritus of archaeology at Simon Frazer University in British Columbia, Canada, has an interesting theory. It revolves around scarcity and the distribution of resources....Continue reading
Does trauma change our genetic makeup, and can our children inherit that change?
Having a robust social network improves our physical health. Social connections also affect our mental health such as anxiety and overall happiness. The Japanese practice of moai gives social and public sectors a way to hack our social nature to help people live better.