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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Oct 23, 2023

My guest today is Michael Muthukrishna, an Associate Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics. He is also Affiliate of the Developmental Economics Group at STICERD, Affiliate of the LSE Data Science Institute, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Boundaries, Membership and Belonging programme at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Technical Director of The Database of Religious History. He is also a board member of the One Pencil Project. He is particularly interested in the application of research in cultural evolution to public policy.

The topic is his book A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Dual inheritance theory, genetic inheritance, and cultural inheritance
  • Inequality, education, and the impact of culture on socioeconomic outcomes
  • Different cultures, human adaptation and behavior
  • Productivity differences between Americans and Europeans
  • Historical perceptions of civilizations and barbarians
  • Rise of Eurasia
  • Border stability and its impact on cultural evolution
  • Diversity and trust in society

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