Curiosity Daily Podcast: Blame Evolution for Back Pain, Showing Off Your Status Doesn’t Make Friends, and Make Babies Smarter by Pretending to Understand Them

Learn about why signaling your status makes it harder to make new friends; the evolutionary reason why humans have so much back pain; and how pretending to understand babies can make them smarter.

September 14, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

Signaling your status makes it harder to make new friends by Steffie Drucker

Why do humans have so much back pain? Thank evolution by Grant Currin

Keep Pretending To Understand Babies—It Makes Them Smarter by Anna Todd

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