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Seize the Moment Podcast

Aug 27, 2023

On episode 185, we welcome David Samson to discuss our current understanding of how tribes form, tribalism as political polarization, why the Bloodline storyline in the WWE is so popular, why some of the smartest people are also the most irrational, the consequences of our tendency to prioritize group loyalty over truth, the label of ‘critical thinker’ and why it’s another cognitive trap, our tendency to favor broader groups over those closest to us, what to do when you’re loyal to opposing groups, how group pride both supports self-esteem and conflict, and the role of mental immunity in combatting the toxic aspects of the tribal drive.

David Samson is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto and Director of the Sleep and Human Evolution Lab (SHEL). David’s research has been internationally profiled in venues such as BBC, Time, the New York Times, The Smithsonian, CBC, NPR, and National Geographic. He is also a part of the Mental Immunity Project and CIRCE (Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative), which aim to advance and apply the science of mental immunity to inoculate minds against misinformation. His new book, available now, is called  “Our Tribal Future: How to Channel Our Foundational Human Instincts into a Force for Good.”

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