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With nearly 8,000 sales in hardback, The Weirdest People in the World is in its fifth hardback printing.Received prominent, enthusiastic reviews across the board and a range of Best Books of the Year listings, including in the Observer and the New York Times.Joseph Henrich's groundbreaking 2010 research paper on WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic) thinking transformed researchers' perception of human psychology, and was cited thousands of times. Years in the making, this is the first authoritative, full-length book on the subject.A startling and game-changing multidisciplinary perspective on human psychology that will inspire and stimulate readers in the manner of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens or Tom Holland's Dominion.Joseph Henrich is an award-winning anthropologist, and a professor and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Secret of our Success. He lives in Massachusetts.A masterpiece. Staggering in range, intricate in detail, thrilling in ambition, this book is a landmark in social thought. Henrich may go down as the most influential social scientist of the first half of the twenty-first century.Illuminates a journey into human nature that is more exciting, more complex and ultimately more consequential than has previously been suspected.A massively ambitious work that explains the transition to the modern world ... Significantly contributes to our understandingEngagingly written, excellently organized and meticulously argued . . . This is an extraordinarily ambitious book, along the lines of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel ... We will all have to change our perspective.The most absorbing, provocative and compelling book I have read in a long time. Joseph Henrich's thrilling exposé of cultural variety and evolution is grounded in meticulous science, and his arguments go beyond the milestone of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. You will never look again in the same way at your own seemingly universal values.Phenomenal ... The only theory I am aware of that attempts to explain broad patterns of human psychology on a global scale.This anthropology-meets-big-data approach is not merely innovative, but underpins a fascinating and creative book, brimming with provocative ideas.There's nothing so fascinating as a social anthropologist's analysis of his own tribe. Henrich shows how strange and exceptional Western society is when compared with most of the worldHenrich has thought more deeply about cultural evolution than anybody alive. His fascinating insights into just how weird people like he and I are, with our western lifestyles, and what the implications of that are for better and for worse, are a great contribution to scholarship.Propelled by a bold vision, this landmark study is required reading for anyone curious about the origins of modernityHenrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics - and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behaviour and culture.[A] sweeping and magisterial book, likely to become as foundational to cultural psychology as the WEIRD acronym [Henrich] and his colleagues coined a decade ago.Joseph Henrich's The WEIRDest People in the World . . . makes for stunning reading. (It is also written with such wit and humor, and luminous clarity.) Probably an understatement to say that it is one of the most important books of the year.One of the most interesting books I've read this year.A brilliant performance - accessible, playful and scholarly, turning conventional history on its head and approaching it in a new way.

'A landmark in social thought. Henrich may go down as the most influential social scientist of the first half of the twenty-first century' MATTHEW SYED

Do you identify yourself by your profession or achievements, rather than your family network? Do you cultivate your unique attributes and goals? If so, perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic.

Unlike most who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, nonconformist, analytical and control-oriented. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically peculiar? What part did these differences play in our history, and what do they mean for our collective identity?

Joseph Henrich, who developed the game-changing concept of WEIRD, uses leading-edge research in anthropology, psychology, economics and evolutionary biology to explore how changing family structures, marriage practices and religious beliefs in the Middle Ages shaped the Western mind, laying the foundations for the world we know today. Brilliant, provocative, engaging and surprising, this landmark study will revolutionize your understanding of who - and how - we are now.

'Phenomenal ... The only theory I am aware of that attempts to explain broad patterns of human psychology on a global scale' Washington Post

'You will never look again in the same way at your own seemingly universal values' Uta Frith, Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London

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Title: TheWeirdest People in the World
Author: Joseph Henrich
SKU: BK0454704
EAN: 9780141976211
Language: English

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Joseph Henrich is an award-winning anthropologist, and a professor and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Secret of our Success. He lives in Massachusetts.

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