Why we prefer people just like us. And why that’s potentially dangerous.

It's common for people to form groups of like minded individuals who also have similar abilities. - Evolution confers advantages on heterogeneous groups of people and groups with diverse talent sets.

It's common for people to form groups of like minded individuals who also have similar abilities.

Evolution confers advantages on heterogeneous groups of people and groups with diverse talent sets.

Prizing individual identity ahead of group identity also helps counteract tribalistic politics.

About the Author

Nicholas A. Christakis is a physician, sociologist, and director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science. His most recent book is Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

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