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The surprising reason people change their minds – BBC Future

The surprising reason people change their minds

Wherever you look at the moment, we seem divided – Brexiteer or Remainer, pro-President Trump or against. And no matter how much we argue, none of us appear to change our minds. Whether at the dinner table or on social media, it can seem as though our opinions are more fixed than ever.


Facts Don’t Change People’s Minds. Here’s What Does

Changing others’ minds, or our own, is a tricky business. Here’s how to make it happen. If you had asked me this question-How do you change a mind?-two years ago, I would have given you a different answer. As a former scientist, I would have cautioned you to rely on objective facts and statistics.

Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer

Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer

It’s a Wednesday night at a bookstore in a well-off part of Washington, D.C., and every seat is taken. More than 100 people spill into the aisles or crowd the stacks past the philosophy and cookbook sections to hear Ibram X. Kendi talk about the racist ideas that founded the nation.

Trump is spreading a dangerous conspiracy theory about antifa – The Washington Post

Opinion | Trump is spreading a dangerous conspiracy theory about antifa

PRESIDENT TRUMP spread a deranged and dangerous conspiracy theory this week when he accused a 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo of faking the force of his fall – as well as attempting to “scan” the cops. The man, claimed the president, was “antifa,” a member of a militant activist network known for violent tactics.

 

Look Inside Your iPhone, Every Core Technology Was Created By Government

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You Can’t Have a Prosperous Economy Without an Entrepreneurial Government – Evonomics

Capitalism Ending the state vs market myth The debate about the relative roles of the state and the market in capitalist economies tends to swing from side to side in the hearts and minds of public opinion: periods when the state is defended for its role in economic development are always superseded by an attack on its intervention into ‘well functioning’ markets.


Yanis Varoufakis

Ioannis ” Yanis” Varoufakis ( Greek: Ιωάννης Γεωργίου “Γιάνης” Βαρουφάκης, Ioánnis Georgíou “Giánis” Varoufákis, pronounced [ˈʝanis varuˈfakis]; born 24 March 1961) is a Greek economist, academic, philosopher and politician. He has been Secretary-General of MeRA25, a left-wing political party, since he founded it in 2018.


Yanis Varoufakis: Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up

Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy.

We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult | Washington Monthly

We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult

One of the challenges in analyzing modern American politics is accurately describing the Republican Party without seeming unserious and hyperbolic. Major publications are understandably in the habit of presenting both sides of the partisan divide as being inherently worthy of respect and equal c …

We Are All Aboard the Pequod – PopularResistance.Org

We Are All Aboard the Pequod – PopularResistance.Org

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all? | Science | AAAS

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?

s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. When 61 people met for a choir practice in a church in Mount Vernon, Washington, on 10 March, everything seemed normal. For 2.5 hours the chorists sang, snacked on cookies and oranges, and sang some more.

Coronavirus reveals we all need a course in evidence

We have become a nation of magical thinkers, making decisions based on what we hope is the case and whom we want to believe. When confronted with opposing evidence, we do not engage with it. We dismiss it and stick a label on it: “fake,” “phony,” “biased,” etc. And then we mistake that label for evidence.

Law professor: Virus reveals we all need a class in evidence

CLOSE Numerous public officials and individuals have made dreadful decisions about how to assess and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19. Those errors reveal a fundamental flaw in our K-12 and collegiate education systems. We have failed to teach a subject of critical importance, and as a result have imperiled our health, our economy, and our republic.

Does “The Case Against Socialism” Hold Up?

A really smart young journalist Nathan J. Robinson (@NathanJRobinson), a columnist for The Guardian US, and Editor-in-Chief of Current Affairs magazine, wrote a book entitled Why You Should Be a Socialist that was published back on  December 10th, 2019.

More recently he tweeted:

A reader asked me to review @RandPaul‘s “Case Against Socialism,” goading me by saying that if I couldn’t respond, it must be because Paul’s arguments are so powerful. So here’s a full deconstruction, going through every one of its 5 parts and 39 chapters.

For your pleasure…

Does “The Case Against Socialism” Hold Up? ❧ Current Affairs

As the author of a recently-published book called Why You Should Be A Socialist , I was pleased to receive a copy of Rand Paul’s The Case Against Socialism. In my book, I claim that most critiques of the left fail miserably and I imply that the phrase “conservative intellectual” should be treated as oxymoronic.

 

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