Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts In a post-truth world of alternative facts, there is understandable interest in the psychology behind why people are generally so wedded to their opinions and … Continue reading The psychology of society
Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility
We’re surprisingly unaware of when our own beliefs change If you read an article about a controversial issue, do you think you’d realise if it had changed your beliefs? No one knows your own mind like you do – it … Continue reading Are your beliefs inconsistent?
The Social Experiment Facebook Should Run Facebook’s greatest strength—its ability to identify and connect like-minded people—is also a major vulnerability. Over the past month, the company has revealed that Russia-linked accounts purchased thousands of fake political ads on its platform … Continue reading Is Facebook a force for good?
The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion Remember the duck-rabbit illusion? It can be seen both as a duck and as a rabbit. If you first see it as a duck and later notice that it can also be seen as a rabbit, your … Continue reading It all starts with perception
Twitter’s moderation problem and liberalism’s problem are one and the same Like all great op-eds, this one starts with a direct-to-video children’s film. That would be “The Land Before Time III,” released in 1995 and the third entry in the … Continue reading Is Twitter hegemonic?
Neuroscience Can’t Heal a Divided Nation Lately I’ve been despairing about the state of America. I’m not sure how denying access to affordable health care, opposing scientific facts like global warming and the benefits of vaccines, alienating our allies, banning … Continue reading How to change others’ minds