Bitter grievances mark human history. But though people are hard-wired for aggression and violence, their dominant traits remain love and cooperation. In this engaging study, Yale scientist Nicholas Christakis argues that human societies are largely benevolent due to genetic programming. While survival of the fittest leads to selfishness in many species, humans adapted to build societies based on kindness and collaboration. Christakis’s compelling examples, thorough history and intellectual speculation will appeal to academics and anyone interested in the interplay of genetics and society.
About the Author
Physician and sociologist Nicholas A. Christakis directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University and teaches social and natural science.