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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Convince Yourself by Convincing Others
Mar01

Convince Yourself by Convincing Others

Persuasion is often more effectual than force. — Aesop If you’ve ever used social media, you have probably tried to change someone’s opinion on something–and probably done so in vain. Facebook feuds, Twitter storms, back-and-forth email exchanges, in all of these cases, it can be quite difficult to change another person’s opinion. But did you know that you were probably still influencing someone’s opinion? (and...

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Very Extreme Politics
Sep28

Very Extreme Politics

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. — Plato And so it begins… This previous Monday was the first in the series of presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And although the presidential debates can be informative and insightful to watch, surprisingly, there’s little evidence that they actually influence voter opinions. A careful study of presidential debates between 1960 and 2000 showed...

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Xtreme!
Sep21

Xtreme!

Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety. — Moliere As gray as the world really is, people are seeing it more and more as black and white. Acts are either good or evil. Opinions are either right or wrong. You’re either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Is that joke too dated? You probably thought either yes or no. Although there are plenty of issues that arise from viewing the world in these...

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The Formula for Charisma
Apr06

The Formula for Charisma

Charisma is not just saying hello. It’s dropping what you’re doing to say hello.  — Robert Brault People have told me I’m charismatic. And by people, I mean my mother. And in that moment, she was being sarcastic [the waitress just didn’t understand the complexity of my pun]. Even still, I have clung to that compliment to this day, using it as objective evidence that I am in fact charismatic. However, this faulty use...

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