Dr. Henrich (UCLA, Anthropology, 1999) is a professor at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Broadly, his research focuses on cultural evolution, and culture-driven genetic evolution. He’s conducted anthropological fieldwork in Peru, Chile and in the South Pacific, as well as having spearheaded several large comparative projects on human sociality. In 2004 he won the Presidential Early Career Award for young scientists, and, in 2009, the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions bestowed by the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He's been granted academic tenure in four disciplines: anthropology, psychology, economics and human evolutionary biology. Dr. Henrich is also a senior fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Dr. Henrich new book is titled, _The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous.
September 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 28 mins
anthropology, culture, economics, evolution, religion, theory crisis, weird people problem
Yoel and Mickey host Harvard University polymath Joe Henrich on the podcast to talk about his new book on why the west has become so prosperous, the secret of human's success, and the cognitive science of religion.