Summary and Commentary on “The WEIRDest People in the World”

Joseph Henrich has written an overarching super-history book not unlike Yuval Harari’s Sapiens or Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel. He attempts no less than to explain the causes for Europe’s rise from obscurity about 500 years ago to rapidly dominate the world. Along the way he shows how humans organized into clans and states, how the Catholic Church broke up kin-based societies…