Nicholas A. Christakis
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Nicholas A. Christakis
Whether we appreciate it or not, we live out our lives surrounded by an intricate pattern of social connections… We’re all embedded in this network;…
We’re not just social animals in the conventional way that people think. It’s not just a bunch of us who hang out together. We have…
Realizing the ways in which we humans may have been inadvertently changing our genes for millennia provides a way for us to begin to think…
Just because we say networks are important doesn’t mean that networks explain everything. We’re just adding additional information. Networks don’t work like a match –…
It’s fashionable to speak about vulnerable populations in medicine and public policy, but it’s harder to find a more vulnerable population than those who are…
It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty…
There are very fundamental reasons we live our lives in social networks, and if we really understood the role they’re playing in our society, we…
Social networks are these intricate things of beauty, and they’re so elaborate and so complex and so ubiquitous that one has to ask what purpose…
One reason citizens, politicians and university donors sometimes lack confidence in the social sciences is that social scientists too often miss the chance to declare…
It is well to look around at whom, and not just what, surrounds us. Population structure will change everything. Our health, wealth, and peace depend…
People have just assumed that… if we call our Facebook acquaintances our friends, we must be influenced by them, too. But we’re not.
It’s important for students to take their studies seriously.
Everyday interactions we have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness.
We will create life from inanimate compounds, and we will find life in space. But the life that should more immediately interest us lies between…
We are, first of all, not solitary creatures and second of all, we are deeply embedded in the lives of others. It’s very easy to…
It used to be thought that our genes were historically immutable and that it was not possible to imagine a conversation between culture and genetics.
I like to have met someone in real life before being their Facebook friend.
The reason we form networks is because the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs. It’s to our advantage as individuals and a species…
It is the spread of the good things that vindicates the whole reason we live our lives in networks. If I was always violent to…
I’m not suggesting that social scientists stop teaching and investigating classic topics like monopoly power, racial profiling and health inequality. But everyone knows that monopoly…
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