We often think about qualities like patience or risk-taking as a function of our nature: something innate about us that we're pre-disposed to before we're even born. But the work of Dr Dorsa Amir, an anthropologically-minded psychologist at UC Berkeley in the US, is suggesting something very different: that lots of the behaviours we think about as the essence of "us" are not down to who we are, but where we are.
Dorsa's research explores the impact of culture on the developing mind, and how children develop and behave across diverse societies. She's investigated these dynamics in both industrialised societies (like India, Argentina and the US) and forager societies, like the Shuar people in Amazonian Ecuador. She's joining us in The Garden to help us work out: how would we be different, if we'd grown up somewhere different?Read more
How we think about who we are and how that intersect with our bodies, brains and biology is the subject of discussion today. But has this always been the case? Are there blurred lines between anatomy & identity we should be exploring?
1 Is the human brain pink, blue or fifty shades of grey matter?
2 How do the stories we tell shape who we are?
3 How does where you grow up impact who you become?
4 Is our anatomy our destiny?
5 What can animals teach us about sex?
6 What can animals teach us about identity?
7 How do conjoined twins challenge our view of identity?
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