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 Immigration Ban
Feb03

The Immigration Ban

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. — engraved inside The Statue of Liberty On Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US. That includes all...

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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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Regulating Your Emotions
Nov09

Regulating Your Emotions

If you wish to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires. — Epicurus Depending on who you voted for this presidential election, this post may be particularly relevant to you. It builds off another post I wrote four years and a day ago, where I gave some psychological advice regarding the outcome of that election. So, seeing how similar knowledge may be useful here, why not give the people (or at...

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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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