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The belief in alternative facts, the hallmark of the post-factual world, arises from our tribal nature. It makes the worldview of true believers internally consistent. Hence, it's strength..
Political demagogues and peddlers of hate speech may not know the science of hate but they know precisely how to push the biologic buttons that can end in tragedy.
Scientific knowledge is mostly alive and well in America with a majority (~70%) of Americans scoring a medium or high level of knowledge on the Pew survey.
Studies show lies increase with repetition but only when the participant benefited. Self-interest is the thing that pushes people down that slippery slope.
Asking who should be restricted from gun ownership is not the right question, we should be asking who has demonstrated that they have earned the right to have one.
HIstory (from Nero on) teaches us that we should be alarmed about President Trump's escalating rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people.
We can learn a lot from science about the spread of fake news but what can we do to stop its dissemination and repair the damage?
We hope that on this July 4th holiday when we take a pause to celebrate our nation's independence that each and every one of us can find a way to reach across the divide and find that common ground.
A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
President Trump's heart health tests have generated much discussion in the media. So I invited a triple-boarded practicing cardiologist to weigh in.
In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.
Karen McCann's book 'Women of the American Resistance: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For,' shines a light on the variety and creativity of activism.