Nicholas Christakis’s book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society makes the New York Times Bestseller List

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April 8, 2019

In the book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of  a Good Society Nicholas proposes that the human capacity for cooperation and empathy derives from an “evolutionary blueprint for making a good society” possessed by everyone. Setting himself against scientists focused on aggression and selfishness as the “dark side of our biological heritage,” Christakis lays out what he considers powerful evidence that biology—not socialization—is ultimately responsible for good deeds. He begins by analyzing how social structures developed among survivors of shipwrecks, extreme circumstances that he treats as real-world experiments.