Joe Henrich on Culture and Social Norms
Kaufman Management Center
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
Thank you to Joe Henrich for leading a discussion about culture and social norms.
Norms, culture, preferences, beliefs and institutions are all a function of our biology. We have evolved a capacity for culture because culture accumulates rapidly, paving the way for larger brains, and creating increasingly large pools of information.
Cultural learning helps humans acquire tastes and preferences that they might not otherwise have. For example, the chili pepper’s “hot” flavor is technically causing pain. Primates and infants won’t eat them due to this, but many adult humans have acquired a taste for the peppers because they are part of the cuisine in hot locations.
You can find the full presentation here.
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