ANTI
Apr12

ANTI

However we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life. — Robert Casey Think back to this last election: if you were a Clinton supporter, did you see your vote as one for Clinton or one against Trump? Or if you voted for Trump, was it a vote for him and his policies? Or one against Clinton and hers? Although this may seem like a trivial difference, it can actually have some pretty impressive psychological...

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The Moral Divide
Nov16

The Moral Divide

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. — Gilbert Chesterton As the U.S. media proclaims these days, “we are a country divided.”  From nationwide protests on the election outcome to voting differences unsettling marriages, it seems these days that donkeys and elephants couldn’t be more distinct species. But for as different as we seem, there is a surprising commonality to our conflict: we’re all...

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The Politics of Trump’s Charisma
Apr13

The Politics of Trump’s Charisma

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. — Richard Armour Over the past two weeks, this blog has discussed the psychology of charisma: first some of the premises about it, and then subsequently, what influences perceptions of it. And although it’s fun to consider this knowledge in light of increasing your own charisma (or at least understanding why...

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Beware of Heavy Clipboards
Mar16

Beware of Heavy Clipboards

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike the least. – Robert Byrne If you were a good Ohioan, you recently voted in the presidential primaries. If not, you’re probably dealing with cognitive dissonance (use trivialization to resolve it; that’s the easiest). But still, even with this politicking passed, we only have more ahead. Political ads, lawn signs, satirical cartoons, you will be hounded by marketers to...

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How Facebook Tricks You into Voting
Nov05

How Facebook Tricks You into Voting

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop If you read last week’s post (or I should say, when you read last week’s post), you learned that simply changing 3 words was enough to motivate an extra 10–15% of people to go out and vote. I know; so awesome, right? This is why you should tell your friends about this blog. In fact, it seems that one of you did. And that friend was Mark Zuckerberg. If...

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