People Should Prove They’ve Earned the Right to Have a Gun

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 3/29/2021 - 8

A consistent feature of many mass murders in the US is easy access to guns. We could fix this without a ban if we would do what Japan does.

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Conservative vs. Liberal Views of Social Change: Who’s Right?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 11/3/2020 - 2

Can conservative ans liberal views be married in order to come up with social policies that benefit society as a whole?

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Resources to Help You Get Out (and Protect) the Vote

Molly Coye, M.D. and Chris Cassel, M.D. - 10/10/2020 - 16

The Presidential election is almost upon us. Here are the resources you need to help you vote (early) and get out the vote.

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Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 7/5/2020 - 10

Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out.

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Why I was Ashamed to be an American

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 6/28/2019 - 2

.A special exhibit in Mexico City’s famed Museum of Tolerance displayed U.S. intolerance of Mexican immigrants, It made me feel ashamed of being American.

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How Did We End Up in a Post-factual World?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 5/15/2019 - 2

Belief in alternative facts is the hallmark of the post-factual world. It arises from our tribal nature and is very difficult to change.

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Hate, Hate Speech, and Mass Murder

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 4/18/2019 - 0

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.

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Most Americans Do Know Something About Science After All

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 4/3/2019 - 0

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.

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How Little White Lies Can Lead to Great Big Ones

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 11/29/2018 - 5

Studies show lies increase with repetition but only when the participant benefited. Self-interest is the thing that pushes people down that slippery slope.

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An Election Day Reminder: Vote Like Your Life Depends On It

William H. Bestermann, Jr., MD - 11/6/2018 - 0

Politicians are fanning the dark side in America giving rise to entrenched divisions. But pulling away to our corners while insulting, demonizing, and dehumanizing people who look or think differently is a formula for national disaster.

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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 8/15/2018 - 0

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.

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What is the Science Behind the Spread of Fake News?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 7/10/2018 - 2

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?

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