Sat Mar 23rd, 2013 at 03:50:06 PM EST
We Arenít the World.
Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics--and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.
In the end they titled their paper "The Weirdest People in the World?" (pdf) By "weird" they meant both unusual and Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. It is not just our Western habits and cultural preferences that are different from the rest of the world, it appears. The very way we think about ourselves and others--and even the way we perceive reality--makes us distinct from other humans on the planet, not to mention from the vast majority of our ancestors.
Well worth the time.
Haven't read the actual paper yet.