Joseph Henrich on Star Trek | Conversations with Tyler

Joseph Henrich on Star Trek | Conversations with Tyler


COWEN: What’s your favorite television show? HENRICH: Star Trek. COWEN: Which one? HENRICH: I’m really a next generation guy
although I think I like them all. COWEN: Why next generation? What have we learned from Star Trek? HENRICH: Lots of great things. It’s kind of like an anthropological quest:
Captain Kirk was originally based on Captain Cook, and the idea was you’re going out
to encounter new, different peoples and of course in Star Trek you go out into space
and do it. Captain Cook was doing it in the Pacific,
around the world. We learn about ourselves by seeing ourselves
projected in other peoples and other cultures and other societies. COWEN: If you think of the implicit vision
of how cooperative different groups can become, including people from different planets in
various varieties of Star Trek, as an anthropologist that seems realistic to you or utopian? HENRICH: I just thought it was fun.

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