A society's cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks

Biologists Erol Akçay and Marco Smolla of the University of Pennsylvania used mathematical models to show that societies that favor generalists, who have a wide range of skills, are less well-connected than those societies that favor specialists, who are highly skilled at a smaller number of traits. The findings, have implications for improving information flow and problem-solving in settings from business to academia.

A society's cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks

It's unlikely that someone born today could independently think up all the necessary steps it would take to send a rocket to the moon. They would need to learn from those who came before them.

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