Gossip actually evolved as a way for us to share useful knowledge about fellow tribe members who didn’t return favours. Reciprocity was a big deal in our primal days, so knowing which people failed to pay back favours was a big evolutionary advantage.

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I write about psychology, philosophy, and society. Also a part-time moose masseuse. Hit me up if you need me to de-knot your elk.