Arts & Culture
It’s no secret that we’ve reached the apex of the the age of entitlement. Social media and political polarization have pushed
None of us are immune from assumptions that kill even the initiative for dialogue. Bohm suggested: that we look inside at
I was listening to Hillary's acceptance speech this morning on my iPhone, minding my own business and drinking my coffee, when my partner heard her voice and said, "God, I can't stand her."
I used to hate this expression: "We engage people with arguments, not arguments in abstraction." I hated that phrase because I believed that the truth of an argument ought to be enough to convince us.
The language to sway and woo needs to change and be redirected, lest you find yourself speaking to an echo chamber.
Reactions within the Mormon community were swift and intense. Many conservative Mormons were quick to defend the policy while more liberal Mormons (yes, there are a few) reacted with varying degrees of outrage.
If you had the opportunity to make the whole world happier, where would you start? Educate adults and children about the tested, practical steps they can take to consistently flourish? Measure wellbeing at a national level to shape government policies? Overhaul capitalism to be less self-serving?
In an age of political correctness, these two men think it can discourage open discussion.
I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.
Finding the things you're doing right, as an individual or a team, and figuring out how to do them more often, together is considerably more pleasant and likely to succeed than feeling guilty for what you're doing badly and attempting to stop it.
The concept of humans as rational beings whose actions are driven primarily by logic and reason needs to go -- our cognitive resources are more limited than we think, and we take shortcuts through reasoning more often than we know.
We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the disruptive changes surrounding us.
Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.
How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.
I know something about the marriage culture wars. I was a well-known opponent of gay marriage -- I testified at the Prop 8 trial in California -- and last year I changed my mind, which had a big impact on me personally and on the Institute for American Values.
Maybe all the outbursts are doing us a favor by allowing us to understand and address homophobia. But the outbursts can only be helpful if they are taken seriously and not dismissed or censored by the outrage police.
Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.