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how the news, polls, and social media distort elections
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how the news, polls, and social media distort elections

It turns out that polls and predictions of who'll win, along with fake news appealing to our cognitive dissonances, are changing outcomes of elections before we even have them.

why we can’t understand the scope of white-collar crime
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why we can’t understand the scope of white-collar crime

Widespread fraud and financial misdeeds have cost us trillions of dollars, but we're having trouble holding the perpetrators responsible. Is it because our minds can't process it?

everything you never guessed you wanted to know about borders
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everything you never guessed you wanted to know about borders

While today's nationalists try to elevate borders to almost sacred status, the truth of the matter is that borders change frequently, and our definition of nations is still very fresh.

why skeptical groups died and why we need to bring them back
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why skeptical groups died and why we need to bring them back

Skeptical groups were poised to bring science and critical thinking to the masses. They failed in their mission. But did they ever really have a chance to succeed?

is it time to abandon the gdp as a measure of economic success?
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is it time to abandon the gdp as a measure of economic success?

When we want to see if economy is growing or to measure its relative size to others, we use the gross domestic product, or GDP. But what if this number is horribly misleading?

social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news
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social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news

The good news is that foreign disinformation trolls aren't changing people's minds. The bad news is that, as it turns out, they don't have to…

so, you elected a conspiracy theorist…
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so, you elected a conspiracy theorist…

It's bad enough when conspiracy theorists with an axe to grind decide who gets to run nations. It's far worse when those they elect are just as wild-eyed and paranoid.

the toxic cycle in which empathy dies
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the toxic cycle in which empathy dies

In the last 25 years, there's been a steep decline in our average empathy. Why? We're stuck in a self-created loop of misery, woe, anger, and conspiracies. And we must break the wheel.

the twist to the invasion of the techies: they’re also in a gentrification bind
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the twist to the invasion of the techies: they’re also in a gentrification bind

Rather than living large in the cities where they've come to rule, tech workers are finding themselves just as priced out as those who blame them for soaring costs of living…

republicans declare legislative war on wind in spite of their own voters
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republicans declare legislative war on wind in spite of their own voters

Republican voters may cherry pick the science of climate change, but they love green energy in their backyards. So why are the lawmakers they elect trying to kill it?

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