Is man inherently good? It’s a question philosophers have been asking for centuries. Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a social scientist at Yale University, says our evolutionary DNA is built on love and kindness. He defends his optimism in his new book, “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society” and joins Soledad to discuss the evidence of positive natural selection. 

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