The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism In her new book, “White Identity Politics,” the Duke political scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election … Continue reading Is racial identity important?
Are You Happy with the Size of Your Group? The population of the planet today is considerably larger than at any other time in human history. Between 1959 and 2042 the world population is projected to grow from 3 billion … Continue reading The rules of group size
The Ethics of Paternalism Imagine that you are a policy maker trying to reduce the consumption of soda. Because it’s unhealthy, you’d like to discourage the people in your community from drinking too much of it. You could put up … Continue reading The methodology of policy making
The ‘nudge unit’: the experts that became a prime UK export David Halpern pauses at the mention of a quote from one of the government’s senior Brexiters – that “people in this country have had enough of experts” – and … Continue reading Civil servants
The Psychology of Anti-Semitism After the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which a white supremacist shot to death 11 people while screaming, “All Jews must die,” a Jewish girl in New York sent an anguished … Continue reading The stereotypes of out-groups
The elephant as a person Have you ever stood in a field full of cows? It’s obvious that they’re aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped together as they graze, … Continue reading Hypersociality
Evolutionary Analysis of Male Reddit Users Attempts to Explain Singlehood Societies around the world are increasingly full of singles. Marriage rates are plummeting across Asia, Europe, and the United States, and committed relationships are in rapid decline as well. To … Continue reading Why Are Some Men Single?