A popular psychology title from a respected social psychologist that argues how diversity has been important throughout the development of civilisation and why it is vital for our future.
Is conflict caused by an inherently hostile human nature? Are efforts to promote peaceful co-existence fated to fail? Is the story of human history destined to play out a clash of civilizations?
These are the questions framing contemporary debate over diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. The Social Brain provides an entirely new psychological perspective on this debate. It argues that diversity is critical to our very survival as a species; that contact with different cultures was, and is, the essential element that fuels our creativity, innovation and growth. It asserts that diversity was the key to our intellectual evolution and will be integral to helping us tackle the most pressing social, political and economic concerns of our time.
The Social Brain ties the origins of the modern mind to the evolution of human society, and provides an entirely new insight into how we can harness the ingenuity and invention that reside within us all.
Written in a thought-provoking and entertaining style, The Social Brain reviews the scientific evidence behind our natural tendency to detect and react to social difference . . a must read for anybody interested in the psychology of intergroup conflict, intercultural relations, and the design of policies to manage social diversity.