Big Picture Science – Let’s Stick Together

by Gary Niederhoff on July 22, 2019

Big Picture Science – Let’s Stick Together

Crowded subway driving you crazy? Sick of the marathon-length grocery store line? Wish you had a hovercraft to float over traffic? If you are itching to hightail it to an isolated cabin in the woods, remember, we evolved to be together. Humans are not only social, we’re driven to care for one another, even those outside our immediate family.

We look at some of the reasons why this is so – from the increase in valuable communication within social groups to the power of the hormone oxytocin. Plus, how our willingness to tolerate anonymity, a condition which allows societies to grow, has a parallel in ant supercolonies.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Adam Rutherford / Human Paradox
Part 2: Patricia Churchland / Social Bonding
Part 3: Mark Moffett / Human An(t)alogs

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