Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

The apparently common human tendency to believe we alone see the world as it truly is, without bias or error, can be – and has been – easily manipulated to undermine fact-based policymaking. by David Dodwell  South China Morning Post  Let’s imagine you are driving along a motorway at 80km/h. For sure, anyone driving slower … Continue reading Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

Donald Trump’s Pseudo-populism Preys Upon Our Collective Anxieties

by Daniel Béland Conversation Donald Trump and his allies have long deployed inflammatory rhetoric about immigration. Recently, it’s been aimed at exploiting anxieties about border security related to the so-called “caravan” of migrants from Central America heading towards the United States-Mexico border. That rhetoric erupted into awful action when migrants, some of them children, were … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Pseudo-populism Preys Upon Our Collective Anxieties

It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It

by Bob Lansdown All of us do or say the wrong thing from time to time. It’s my belief that what matters most is not the mistakes we make in life, but how we choose to respond after we’ve made them. Refusing to acknowledge our errors is easy: We simply presume that we are correct … Continue reading It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It

What is Attention Restoration Theory?

by Courtney Ackerman Positive Psychology Program Spending time in nature, by watching a sunset, gazing at the ocean or mountains, sitting in a park, escaping to the countryside or a nature retreat, or even just spending a few minutes to stare out the window, provides us with the opportunity to rest, reflect, and restore our very … Continue reading What is Attention Restoration Theory?

To feel happier, we resolve to the life we evolved to live

Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint. by Arash Javanbakht Conversation Jan 2, 2019 When we have to give a talk to a group of people, we feel anxious and experience the bodily fear responses that do not make sense now: The system is … Continue reading To feel happier, we resolve to the life we evolved to live

How Everything Became the Culture War

America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy. Here’s why we should worry. by MICHAEL GRUNWAL Politico December 2018 To understand how American politics got the way it is today, it helps to rewind the tape to the presidential campaign of John McCain—specifically to his effort to win back a listless crowd at an otherwise … Continue reading How Everything Became the Culture War