Charles Wohlforth: Are we humans destined to behave like the selfish hermit crab?

2011-04-28 by

In this excerpt from an interview with “The Fate of Nature” author Charles Wohlforth, Charles begins by reading a passage from his book about his young daughter’s observations of the never-satisfied hermit crab. Is that our human destiny, to scramble mindlessly after a better shell (job, car, house, spouse) until we’ve exhausted all resources? Wohlforth finds evidence of different, more cooperative, human behavior that might mean we won’t squander our long-term existence in pursuit of short-term pleasure and satisfaction.

Wohlforth is a plenary speaker at Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, 2011. His talk is Friday, May 6 at 10:45 a.m. in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded April 27, 2011.

Download MP3 (9:10min, 8MB)

For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Charles Wohlforth
personal website, "The Fate of Nature"
'The Fate of Nature'