Nicholas A.

Sociologist, physician

Nicholas writes about: Science, Society

Nicholas A. Christakis, a sociologist and physician at Yale University, conducts research in the areas of social networks and biosocial science. He is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science and the director of the Human Nature Lab, which studies how humans think and behave while in groups, and attempts to invent new ways to intervene in social systems to make them better—improving our health, wealth, security, and civic life.

Christakis is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, which argues that we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society and explores how natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. He also has written, with James H. Fowler, Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and How They Shape our Lives, in addition to over 200 academic articles.

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

The arc of our evolution is long, but it bends toward goodness.


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