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Will Storr (@wstorr) is an award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author. His latest book is The Status Game: On Social Position and How We Use It.
What We Discuss with Will Storr:
- The evolutionary purpose of status and why it’s always been important for human survival.
- How seeking status spurs innovation.
- The three kinds of status games we’ve been playing throughout human history: dominance, virtue, and success.
- The connection between low status and depression: why Will believes that Jeffrey Epstein did kill himself.
- Why you might choose a higher status title at work instead of a pay raise.
- And much more…
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As humans, we’ve been keeping up with the Joneses since they were in the next cave over. Even if we’ve tried to pretend otherwise, it’s always been a competition to bring in bigger hunts for the tribe, or paint brighter murals among the stalactites, or discover more potent medicines, or care for more orphans of sabertooth cat attacks. We’re constantly seeking to elevate our status among our peers, and can’t help but laugh when someone of higher status gets taken down a peg or two.
On this episode, we’re rejoined by award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author Will Storr to talk about his latest book, The Status Game: On Social Position and How We Use It. Here, we examine why status matters (no matter how much we try to pretend like it doesn’t), the right and wrong ways to build it, and why Will believes that Jeffrey Epstein really did kill himself. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- The Status Game: On Social Position and How We Use It by Will Storr | Amazon
- Will Storr | Website
- Will Storr | Instagram
- Will Storr | Twitter
- Will Storr | The Guardian
- Will Storr | Avoiding Self-Obsession in the Age of the Selfie | Jordan Harbinger
- Space Billionaires Get Skewered in the First Promo for Jon Stewart’s Apple TV Show | The Verge
- The WELL (The Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link)
- Ben Gunn: Murder, Love, and Life after Prison | The Guardian
- Prisoner Ben Blog
- The Role of Socio-Economic Status in Depression: Results from the COURAGE (Aging Survey in Europe) | BMC Public Health
- The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People | The New York Times
- Stock Market Crashes Linked to Higher Rates of Suicide – New Research | The Open University
- Will Storr | Six Degrees to Joe Rogan
- Does Your Neighbor’s Income Affect Your Happiness? | American Journal of Sociology
- Lawyers Are Not Algorithms: Sustainability, Corruption, and the Role of the Lawyer in Institutional Frameworks and Corporate Transactions by Larry Catá Backer | Backer, Larry Catá, Lawyers Are Not Algorithms: Sustainability, Corruption, and the Role of the Lawyer in Institutional Frameworks and Corporate Transactions | Legal Ethics
- The Paris Hilton Effect | Psychology Today
- Idi Amin: Violent Ugandan President | History
- Mother Teresa | The Nobel Prize
- Albert Einstein | The Nobel Prize
- Aunt Becky Goes to Jail: Revisiting the College Admissions Scandal | Ethics Unwrapped
- The Influence of the West African Songs of Derision in the New World | Journal of the International Library of African Music
- Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Poll Slump Exceeds Charles’ After Diana Divorce | Newsweek
- The Crown | Netflix Official
- What Is Cancel Culture? Why We Keep Fighting about Canceling People | Vox
- The Jussie Smollett Scandal Recalls the Infamous (And Very Fake) Neo-Nazi Attack on Morton Downey Jr. | Decider
- Teacher Gets Prison in Hate Crime Hoax | Los Angeles Times
- The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human and How to Tell Them Better by Will Storr | Amazon
- Complete 66 Mac vs. PC Ads | Angus Lo
- Why Did Paul McCartney Want to Change the Order of Their Surnames on Beatles Song Copyrights? | Quora
- Framing Genocide as Revenge and Self-Defense: The Function, Use and Effect of Self-Victimization in the Context of Genocide and Mass Killing by Georg Bauer | Open Knowledge Repository