The WEIRDest People in the World

How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

Joseph Heinrich

Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic

A novel (to me) and (slightly) interesting book, but 489 pages of main text and 167 pages of notes and bibliography is more than my multiply-focused interest can sustain. I am too WEIRD to find time to do more than skim this book, but I wouldn't mind being nattered at by kind cover-to-cover readers. I "dropped out" around page 130, other pressing demands on my time.

The core observation - north and west protestant Europeans (and their satellite cultures, like the US and Canada) Think Different is well supported by Harvard author Heinrich. When the cookbook version comes out ( "Do X but do not do Y in culture C" ) I will read it cover to cover.

The most important point is that academic "human psychology" gathers data from WEIRD college students (easy and cheap), not the world (complex, difficult, expensive).

WEIRDest (last edited 2022-08-24 20:32:38 by KeithLofstrom)