How Culture Drives Evolution

How Culture Drives Evolution


Joseph Henrich explores the question: What makes us human? A growing body of research shows that more than any other animal, humans are dependent on learning from others. Joe shares insights on how culture is transmitted over many generations and defines how we thrive and survive as a species. This cultural evolution has given rise to the Collective Mind. Joseph shares his research by touching on three key aspects of human nature: Norm, Interdependence, and Ethnic psychology.

  • Conversation 2
    6 sessions
  • October 12, 2022
    Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Joseph Henrich

Joseph Henrich is Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University whose research focuses on evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making and culture, and includes topics related to cultural learning and evolution, culture-gene coevolution, human sociality, large-scale cooperation, religion, and the emergence of complex human institutions. Methodologically, he integrates ethnographic tools from anthropology with experimental techniques drawn from psychology and economics. His area interests include Amazonia, Chile and Fiji.