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  • Political Pre-Commitment Without Evidence: How Worldview Undermines Reason

    Posted 2017-07-25 03:30:59 by: Dave A

    By Joel Lehman _____________________ “And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually.” -Jimi Hendrix   Can you recall a romantic relationship gone wrong, and notice in hindsight the clear signs of the impending breakup, even when during the actual unraveling itself you didn’t notice these signs? Maybe there’s a political belief you ...

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  • Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

    Posted 2017-07-23 20:28:51 by: Dave A

    The Hidden Factors Influencing Our Most Important Decisions   By Charles Cassidy MPhys, Director of Evidence-based Wisdom   I recently decided to buy a petrol-guzzling car. But was it really me who decided? I don’t like cars. They’re costly on the wallet and toxic to the planet. I also live in London, a city of ...

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  • Being A Weird American on Independence Day

    Posted 2017-07-07 20:44:19 by: Dave A

      In celebration of Independence Day, I want to share why I think of myself as a weird American. I’m very proud to be a citizen of the United States. It’s one of the greatest countries in the world. America is a beacon of hope for democracy and freedom for millions of people across the ...

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  • A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

    Posted 2017-07-07 10:44:17 by: Dave A

    Deception proved a very successful strategy for political causes and individual candidates in the UK and US elections in 2016, leading Oxford Dictionary to choose post-truth politics as its 2016 word of the year. At this low point, it might seem ludicrous to many that we can solve the problem of lies in politics. However, ...

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  • Why Mainstream Media Need to Be Careful About Criticizing Conservatives

    Posted 2017-06-05 11:29:14 by: Dave A

    Caption: Image of newspapers (Wikipedia Commons) ________________________________________________________________ Many mainstream media outlets criticized conservatives with a broad brush over the Montana Congressional special election winner Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting a reporter, Ben Jacobs. Yet, according to behavioral science research conducted by myself and others, such criticism may end up hurting the safety of journalists, instead of ...

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  • How Can Facts Trump Ideology?

    Posted 2017-06-05 09:54:00 by: Dave A

    Effective methods based on behavioral psychology can help you get people to believe the truth instead of ...

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  • 6 Mental Fitness Hacks

    Posted 2017-05-29 20:54:00 by: Dave A

    Grow mentally stronger with these 6 ...

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  • How Can Facts Trump Ideology?

    Posted 2017-05-29 11:28:20 by: Dave A

                  Caption: Blackboard image with word “myths” crossed out and “facts” circled (Thumbs/Dreamstime) Extensive evidence emerged in recent days that Donald Trump pressured and then fired FBI Director James Comey to block the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s administration over possible collusion with Russia. Yet a May 24 poll shows ...

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  • Guide For Talking To Irrational People: Whispering To The Elephant

    Posted 2017-05-22 13:34:13 by: Dave A

    Written by Wayne Straight for Intentional Insights _____________________________________________________ Many struggle in dealing with people who have become attached to political viewpoints that are irrational — based on poor logic or on “alternative facts.” This how-to guide helps you talk to such folks, whether they are sincerely mistaken or just deliberately aggravating — behavior known as trolling. ...

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  • Guide For Talking To Irrational People: Whispering To The Elephant

    Posted 2017-05-22 09:42:00 by: Dave A

    How do you get people who you think might hold irrational beliefs to change their ...

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