I’ll be on NPR’s All Things Considered this Saturday afternon as part of a short segment about “Dunbar’s number,” the vital network of 150-or-so social relations that evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar says we must each maintain to live successfully. (We do it mainly by talking, especially gossip; monkeys do it mainly by grooming.) I’ve written about this dynamic in two magazine features and two blog posts. An NPR producer planning a segment on Dunbar and his new book read one of those pieces and had an inspired idea. We’ll
see hear tomorrow whether the idea pans out. In any case, I believe I can safely promise listeners a chicken.
Catch it at your local NPR station on Saturday, May 28, at about 5:35 pm (unless some breaking news disrupts the planned program). I’ll post a url with the show here as soon as they have one.
- Picking Robin Dunbar's Brain: An Interview About Friends
- Local & Distant Friendships – A Dunbar Number Conundrum
- Robin Dunbar
- Topic Page for Robin Dunbar
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