Episode 294

Status Games

A Conversation with Will Storr

August 31, 2022

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Sam Harris speaks with Will Storr about the role that status plays in human life and culture. They talk about the taboo around caring about status, egalitarianism, the perpetual insecurity of status, how we play multiple status games simultaneously, identity, social connection, dominance, virtue, success, status as an evolved mechanism, gossip, status and health, the consequences of humiliation, the role of social media, status and politics, conspiracy thinking, moral panics, status and philanthropy, and other topics.

Will Storr is an award-winning writer. He's the author of six critically acclaimed books, including the Sunday Times bestseller The Science of Storytelling. His journalism has appeared in titles such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His work on sexual violence against men earned the Amnesty International Award and a One World Press Award.

Website: willstorr.com 

Twitter: @wstorr


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