Why Are We in the West So Weird? A Theory

THE WEIRDEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

By Joseph Henrich

According to copies of copies of fragments of ancient texts, Pythagoras in about 500 B.C. exhorted his followers: Don’t eat beans! Why he issued this prohibition is anybody’s guess (Aristotle thought he knew), but it doesn’t much matter because the idea never caught on.

According to Joseph Henrich, some unknown early church fathers about a thousand years later…

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