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
Everyone thinks you should read this I have coauthored a lot of academic essays, but finally, I’ve produced something that everyone absolutely loves. Wow. Just wow. In a recent paper, Harvard law fellow Meirav Furth-Matzkin and I explore this question: … Continue reading People are hardly sheep
Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
How liars create the illusion of truth Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda, says psychologist Tom Stafford. “Repeat a lie often enough … Continue reading Does prior knowledge matter?
Physicians’ political beliefs affect medical treatment Doctors’ political beliefs influence their treatment decisions on politicized health issues like marijuana use, gun safety, and abortion, suggests a new study by Yale University researchers. The researchers surveyed a sample of primary care … Continue reading Are doctors politically biased?
The Liberal Blind Spot Classic liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (and probably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” On university campuses, … Continue reading The benefits of diversity
Cass Sunstein: We’ve Entered the Age of Partyism—It Might Get Worse Than Racism Welcome to the age of partyism. In some ways, it’s now worse than racism. There are strong signs that in the coming election, it’s going to increase … Continue reading Why has partyism been exploding?