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why inclusive language can be so much work, according to science
# science

why inclusive language can be so much work, according to science

When people go out of their way to avoid backlash, it taxes the mind. Now, researchers want to know how to make inclusivity easier on the brain.

we were warned: how scientists and engineers predicted today’s chaos
# politics

we were warned: how scientists and engineers predicted today’s chaos

Today the world seems like it’s suddenly unraveling. But experts have been warning us this day would come for many decades.

how the war on experts helped the rise of authoritarian attitudes
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how the war on experts helped the rise of authoritarian attitudes

New studies can answer why support for authoritarianism is on the rise and more and people are becoming disillusioned with democracy.

how social media algorithms turn us and our politicians into trolls
# tech

how social media algorithms turn us and our politicians into trolls

A study of American politicians’ tweets shows they’ve become angrier and more crass over the last decade. Why? Because social media algorithms reward them for it.

how do you solve a problem like facebook?
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how do you solve a problem like facebook?

Facebook is now the poster child for all of Big Tech’s evils, and deservedly so. The big question is what comes next.

yes, the wealthy really think they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps
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yes, the wealthy really think they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps

Researchers found that not only do those with money and power think they’re smarter, they’re likely to exaggerate their upward mobility.

weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice
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weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice

Some of those who claim to be victims fighting against injustice may have much darker motives than they’ll admit, even to themselves…

world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human
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world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human

Being a bad person isn’t just a matter of popular opinion. It turns out that science can quantify if and when someone is being terrible.

new study shows how a leader’s character affects people’s behaviors
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new study shows how a leader’s character affects people’s behaviors

When we say that a politician's character matters, we're talking about their ability to make good, ethical decisions. It turns out, it also matters when it comes to voters' attitudes.

world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species
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world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species

Empathy is the most important trait for human cohesion and civil politics. So, where does empathy comes from, how does it break down, and how can it be stimulated?

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