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15

Your Social Brain

Lecture no. 15 from the course: Your Best Brain

Your Social Brain

Taught by Professor John Medina | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

The social nature of human beings is an evolutionary advantage that put us at the top of the food chain. But our social abilities have the potential for painful or dangerous consequences. Reflect on the joys and risks of relating to others. Consider what a recent business school experiment uncovered about how you can more easily resolve conflicts.

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r********m
December 15, 2018
Humans took over the world only because of cooperation? Sorry, but just thinking 5 minutes about this thesis will show that this is nonsense. There are lots and lots of animals that cooperate with each other such as state building insects, carnivores such as lions, hyenas or wolves, pretty much all herding animals and even bacteria cooperate, but none of these "took over the world". Cooperation alone won't get you very far but it are other human strengths such as planning for the future, language, tool creation and innovation that made humans so successful. The human brain is the driving force behind all of these (including cooperation) and our brains would not have evolved so fast if there would not have been another very important driving factor which is: competition. Not so much competition between individuals but mostly competition between human groups. Only because we had all of these: * (intra-group) cooperation * (inter-group) competition * innovation we became so very successful so very fast. You also can see the same in economics: Cooperation alone (such as in socialism) will get you nowhere. Only if you have the right mixture of cooperation and competition then there is the right amount of pressure that your economy will be constantly innovative and thrive.

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November 15, 2017

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