The Good Society in our Genes: Nicholas A. Christakis

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In his acclaimed new book, Nicholas A. Christakis argues that genes influence not only who we are, but also what our society can be. The physician and sociologist says natural selection has given us many laudable features — not just the well-studied, nasty ones — including our capacity for learning, cooperation, friendship and love. He says we carry within us the "proclivities to make a good society." Christakis directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University. He sat down for a feature interview with IDEAS producer Mary Lynk.

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