by Nicholas A. Christakis

“A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, philosophy, anthropology, genetics, sociology, economics, epidemiology, statistics, and more” (Frank Bruni, The New York Times), Blueprint shows why evolution has placed us on a humane path — and how we are united by our common humanity.

For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions — our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations — we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society. 


Interview with the Author

The Joe Rogan Experience
#1274 – Nicholas Christakis
3/28/19       151 min

On Being with Krista Tippet
Nicholas Christakis – How We’re Wired for Goodness
3/5/20      52 min

Hidden Forces
Nicholas Christakis on the Evolutionary Origins of Ethics, Morality, and a Good Society
4/1/19       68 min

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Sean Carrol’s Mindscape
#49| Nicholas Christakis on Humanity, Biology, and What Makes Us Good
6/3/19       114 min

Making Sense with Sam Harris
#156 – The Evolution of Culture
5/13/19       98 min

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The Michael Shermer Show
60. Nicholas A. Christakis – Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
4/2/19       95 min

When We Talk About Animals
Ep. 13 – Nicholas Christakis on the animal origins of goodness
4/1/19       55 min

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