Since the election, more dubious and unsupported claims among… liberals

Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories. Brendan Nyhan. 15 FEB, 2017. Even as Democrats decry the false claims streaming regularly from the White House, they appear to have become more vulnerable to unsupported claims and conspiracy theories that flatter their own political prejudices. The reason isn’t just that a Republican now occupies the White … Continue reading Since the election, more dubious and unsupported claims among… liberals

Why committed and engaged citizens reject representative democracy?

Answering the age-old question: what does democracy mean to those who protest for it? There has long been a debate about democracy as a form of governance and whether it is in decline – Brexit and Trump have only exacerbated it. Drawing on research in four capital cities, Armine Ishkanian explains how activists view democracy. … Continue reading Why committed and engaged citizens reject representative democracy?

Science curiosity can buffer partisan polarisation

Science-curious types is a desire to learn something surprising and new — not just to stick to information that affirms what they already believe. Yes, politics can make us stupid. But there’s an important exception to that rule. There may be an antidote to politically motivated reasoning. And it’s wonderfully simple. Brian Resnick Feb 1, 2017, … Continue reading Science curiosity can buffer partisan polarisation

Uncertainty Correlated with Dogmatic Beliefs, Both Religious and Atheist

Are these uncertain times drawing us into a cycle of dogma and prejudice? In Brief, Political, Race, Religion, Social January 24, 2017 By Christian Jarrett When all around us feels like chaos, it’s human instinct to cling to the rocks of dogma, and woe betide anyone who tries to loosen our grip. Previous studies, usually involving … Continue reading Uncertainty Correlated with Dogmatic Beliefs, Both Religious and Atheist