social phenomena

Evolution and Goodness

Radiolab podcast: An Equation for Good.


Books = data.

``Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books'' by Michel et al., Science, 2011.
More here:
Data and play here: Google Books ngram viewer


The invention of Money.

The mystery of money. This American Life, #423:

The biologists are evolving!

What will they become? Memeticists?

The story: culture is becoming recognized as one of the significant evolutionary forces shaping human evolution.

Some puzzling maps:


Empireal disintegration.

Social contagion, a review

The New York Times looks back at the work of Christakis and Fowler on social contagion.

Identity, Self-Awareness, and Twitter

From the New York Times Magazine, a great, mutlifacted article about how we communicate online.