What’s in it for me? An evolutionary history of friendship.

To the layman, the phrase “survival of the fittest” means the natural world is all about competition. Only the roughest, toughest, and most cut-throat species make it out alive. However, Survival of the Friendliest posits an entirely different perspective: that friends matter more than fights.

By examining evolutionary history, these blinks argue that only focusing on brute force and aggression downplays the important role of social skills. In fact, throughout history, friendship, family, and community may have been the true reason for human survival.

You’ll learn why evolutionary pressure helped Homo sapiens get along and how the ability to forge friendships and coordinate relationships allowed us to conquer the planet.

In these blinks, you’ll find out

  • what it takes to domesticate a fox;
  • why bonobos are better neighbors than chimps; and
  • how having pets makes us better people.