Are people influenced by peer opinions?


Yes, people are influenced by peer opinions. Dwarkesh Patel, during a discussion on podcasts, acknowledges that people are affected by their cultural environment and what others do around them. This influence is significant enough to be a factor considered by governments when shaping policies concerning social issues, such as fertility, indicating the broad and powerful nature of peer influence on individual behavior and decision-making strategies 1.

Influencing Fertility

Dwarkesh and Richard discuss the role of culture and government influence on fertility rates, exploring the potential impact of policies in China and Hungary. They debate whether economic factors or cultural norms have a stronger influence on fertility and consider the extent to which governments can shape cultural values.

The Lunar Society

Richard Hanania - Foreign Policy, Fertility, and Experts