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The science of social connections

"I don't think it's a coincidence that of all the kinds of ways human beings could organize themselves into networks, that's what we do. We evince degree assortativity, and I don't think it's a coincidence that we do that. We assemble ourselves into groups, the group now has this property, this germ- resistance property, which is a property of the group, but which, as it turns out, also benefits and affects us. Now, being a member of that group, we are less likely to acquire pathogens.

And this sets the stage for a set of ideas that we and others have been exploring that shed light on multi-level selection and other kinds of contentious ideas in the biological and the social sciences. And we have a number of fellow travelers on this road—László Barabási, Dirk Helbing, Tooby and Cosmides, Frans de Waal, Nowak, Rand, Santos—people working on these related areas of interactions among animals and people, and what this means. In fact, David Rand and Josh Green and Martin Nowak just had a nice paper this past year — I was asked to highlight some papers—looking at whether you can use time to response as a kind of heuristic for understanding are people intuitive cooperators and rationally selfish, or do they exercise rational self-control over a kind of instinctive greed? The data they presented in that paper, to my eyes, was quite compelling—that we are intuitively wired to cooperate."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 9, 2013 5:01 PM

Understanding the emergence of human culture requires an understanding of how social information and ideas spread through social networks -- and so does understanding the emergence and nature of human cooperation

luiy's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:45 AM

We can shift our perspective on lots of things when we think about people as being nodes on a graph, as being connected to other people. And this shift in focus might, in fact, prompt us to begin to think about —not the individuals themselves‑but the ties between them. This calls to mind an analogy, which I don't know if some of you may already know, of streets in the United States and in European countries. So, streets have names in our country, and the houses on the streets are numbered numerically and linearly as you move along the street. And the blocks between the streets don't have names or numbers and are seen as the things that are between the streets, and we don't pay much attention to them. But if you go to Japan, it's the blocks that are numbered. The blocks have names and the houses on the blocks are numbered in the order in which they were built, not numerically or linearly in any kind of systematic way. If you ask the Japanese, "What's going on with the streets?" they say, "The streets are the spaces between the blocks." They don't pay attention to those.

Geoff Findley's curator insight, January 7, 2014 1:04 AM

Social Bonds

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The Root Cause of Addiction

Could the Root Cause of Addiction actually be a lack of Connection For more information, read the article here
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A Better Kind of Happiness - The New Yorker

A Better Kind of Happiness - The New Yorker | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Will Storr examines the concept of eudaemonic happiness, first proposed by Aristotle, and how it may be beneficial to human health.
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Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A man committed a horrible crime. Then he decided he no longer wanted to be a bad person. It is possible to change our personalities, psychologists say, even though we like to think they're innate.
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The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it – Keith Frankish | Aeon Ideas

Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in the pineal gland near the centre of the brain. Nowadays, by contrast, we tend to identify the min
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Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

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Science is struggling to figure out if we, or even a thermostat, truly possess matter beyond the physical.
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This Is What Negativity Does To Your Immune System, And It's Not Pretty - Forbes

This Is What Negativity Does To Your Immune System, And It's Not Pretty - Forbes | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Can high levels of negative or unpleasant emotions cause brain damage? This question was originally answered on Quora by Fabian van den Berg.
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How Romanticism Ruined Love

The set of ideas we can call Romanticism is responsible for making our relationships extremely difficult. We shouldn’t give up on love; we should jus
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Why You're So Afraid of Change (and What You Can Do About It)

Why You're So Afraid of Change (and What You Can Do About It) | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Change freaks us out—probably even more than public speaking, but it's the sort of amorphous issue that we don't think about because it manifests itself subtly in so many ways. Whether a relationship starts or ends, you're moving, you've got a new job, or you've lost someone you love, change—whether it's good or bad—causes stress. Here's how it works and how to handle it without losing your mind.
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Ceridwen Dovey on how bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin prescribe fiction for healing and self-exploration.
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The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men | Pete Etchells

The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men | Pete Etchells | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: Philip Zimbardo is worried that playing video games too much, or watching too much porn, is crippling masculinity. But the evidence just doesn’t back up these sorts of claims
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The Hive Hypothesis

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A core concept in our culture is that we are individuals in competition with other individuals. Like chimpanzees roaming th
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Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Literally Ruining Our Brains

Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Literally Ruining Our Brains | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Not all music is created equal.
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Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry

Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
On a recent sodden weekend walk, I tried to cheer myself up by thinking: it’s not so bad. Not the slugs…
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Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?

Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The most important parenting you’ll ever do happens before your child turns one — and may affect her for the rest of her life. One mother’s journey through the science of attachment.
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Study shows complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically | SF State News

Study shows complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically | SF State News | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The latest research from SF State's Ezequiel Morsella lends further support to the groundbreaking theory that your consciousness is less in control than you think.
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Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? - NYTimes.com

Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? - NYTimes.com | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The psychologist and parenting expert Michele Borba says society’s fixation with the selfie is having some unintended consequences. She sees children mimicking not-so-nice behavior in adults and fewer grown-ups calling them out.
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Derek's curator insight, July 4, 2016 2:09 PM
reprendre pied dans le regard intelligent : celui qui vient du coeur , dès la maternelle ...afin de développer une société ancrée dans la réalité ....et la vérité : à la base du respect nécessaire pour des relations libres et heureuses entre tous ; rien d'utopique dans cela , juste un peu de courage et de volonté
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Jesse Bogner Talking To Teens in Israel about Substance Abuse
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Author of The Egotist Jesse Bogner tells teens in Israel about all his substance abuse issues that started when he was 13. He talks about how his parents' divorce impacted him and constantly feeling anxiety, even though he was surrounded by people who loved him. Toward the end he talks about Johann Hari's book Chasing The Scream and how true it is that all these issues stem from a lack of connection. If we fix our environment Jesse explains, there wouldn't be any addicts.
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In Praise of Hugs

We live in a culture which, while it pays lipservice to hugging, doesn't quite appreciate its true significance and poignancy. If you like our films take
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A Circle of Gifts

A Circle of Gifts | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Wherever I go and ask people what is missing from their lives, the most common answer (if they are not impoverished or seriously ill) is "community." What happened to community, and why don't we have it any more? There are many reasons – the layout of suburbia, the disappearance of public space, the automobile and the television, the high mobility of people and jobs – and, if you trace the "why's" a few levels down, they all implicate the money system.
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Loneliness Is a Warning Sign to Be Social - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

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In 2002, a group of adults aged 50 and over answered a series of questions about their physical and mental health. A subset of the…
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'A crisis of masculinity': men are struggling to cope with life

'A crisis of masculinity': men are struggling to cope with life | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A report by the mental health charity CALM has found that men are struggling
to cope with the pressures and expectations of their personal and
professional lives
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Us and Them

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The book Us and Them: The Science of Identity, David Berreby is published by University of Chicago Press.
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