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The Moral Science Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by Amber CazzellWebsite

A psychologist who is endlessly fascinated with human morality interviews experts who dedicate their careers to understanding it.


Evolved Reason and Shared Challenges Yield Cooperation with Michael McCullough

Dr. Michael McCullough is a professor of psychology at University of California, San Diego. There, he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory, where his team studies the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to cooperation, altruism, and aggression. His work also addresses shortcomings in the measurement of forgiveness, empathy, and altruism. He has authored and co-authored five books on these topics, the most recent of which we discuss in this podcast. In The Kindness of Strangers, Mike traces the interaction of social challenges and reason throughout history. We discuss how these interactions have shaped what it means to be cooperative, and how cooperation may continue to morph in the face of ongoing challenges like poverty and climate change.

The Kindness of Strangers on Amazon:

APA citation: Cazzell, A. R. (Host). (2021, March 30).  Evolved Reason and Shared Challenges Yield Cooperation with Michael McCullough [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from

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