Nov 12, 2019
This episode features:
-How do people behave differently when they are high vs low status?
-How did human social status evolve?
-Should you try to dampen your desire for status?
-Are EAs too credential-focused?
-Is publishing in academic journals overrated?
-Can you get more done by working alone than by starting an organization?
-What causes groups to splinter?
-How has effective altruism “professionalized?” What are the upsides and downsides of this trend?
Anderson, C., Hildreth, J. A. D., & Howland, L. (2015). Is the desire for status a fundamental human motive? A review of the empirical literature. Psychological Bulletin, 141(3), 574.
Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., & Anderson, C. (Eds.). (2014). The psychology of social status. New York, NY: Springer.
Puts, D. A. (2010). Beauty and the beast: Mechanisms of sexual selection in humans. Evolution and human behavior, 31(3), 157-175.
Solnick, S. J., & Hemenway, D. (1998). Is more always better?: A survey on positional concerns. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 37(3), 373-383.
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