The Inconsistency of Human Nature

March 16th, 2011

From time to time, we explore human nature in depth to give us a better understanding of ourselves and each other. Over the past weeks, we have seen turmoil across the globe. Whether it was the dramatic political changes in the Middle East and North Africa or the turmoil in Wisconsin and other states of union rights or the human tragedy and nuclear worries from Japan. These situations bring into sharp focus the question of how we make decisions about what’s important.

We talk with the author of Willful Blindness about how we often ignore the truth to our own peril. We also talk to Rob Kurzban, whose book, “Why Everyone (else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind” helps make sense of our inherent tendency to be inconsistent.

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Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. In 2004, Margaret published “The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto about Business and What Really Matters” and in 2007 she brought out “How She Does It: How Female Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules for Business Success“. Her most recent book is Willful Blindness: Why we Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril.

She is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Simmons College in Boston and Executive in Residence at Babson College. She sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK as well as one the boards of several private companies. Margaret blogs for the Huffington Post and writes for Fast Company, Real Business, MORE, and other magazines around the world.

Robert Kurzban

Robert Kurzban is associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and did postdoctoral work in economics and anthropology. In 2008, he won the inaugural Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Rob is the author of Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind.

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