John Tooby

  • How negatively others will perceive them sets the level of shame people implicitly feel about a potential action
  • The intensity of pride people feel for a given act or trait is set by an implicit mental map of what others value
  • Support for redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest and envy — but not fairness
  • Humans correctly forecast the personal qualities valued in their local population and generate pride accordingly
  • Research by UCSB scientists demonstrates that shame evolved as a mechanism for protecting social relationships
  • Differences in political opinions engage the brain’s evolved circuitry for tracking alliances and coalitions
  • Each element of the anger face makes the person expressing it appear physically stronger and more formidable
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