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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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