People are different. That’s a good thing. But in recent years, it feels like some differences have deepened to the point that we look at friends and family on social media, or even across the dinner table, saying and believing things that are just baffling to us. And we wonder: how did you get that way?

The philosopher Jonathan M.S. Pearce spends a lot of time thinking about questions like that. If it’s all nature and nurture, how do people with very similar circumstances, or even very similar genes, end up with wildly different ways of seeing the world?

In this episode of Human Story, Jonathan turns the question inward: Why did he end up so different from his parents and his peers?

Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...