Refusing to Wear a Mask Is a Uniquely American Pathology

  There is another layer—even above and beyond a denial of facts and science—that must be at play: There is a narcissistic obsession with being seen and recognized that feels quintessentially American, even in situations of life and death.  by Dahlia Lithwick May 20, 2020 The obsession with individualism and the misinterpretation of constitutional freedom collide … Continue reading Refusing to Wear a Mask Is a Uniquely American Pathology

Could a lack of humility be at the root of what ails America?

by Frank McAndrew Conversation edited by O Society May 23, 2019 There are a lot of reasons behind the political polarization of the country and the deterioration of civic discourse. I wonder if a lack of humility is one of them. In his recent book, “The Death of Expertise,” national security expert Tom Nichols described … Continue reading Could a lack of humility be at the root of what ails America?

The dark side of decision-making in groups: Nastiness to outsiders

The economic consensus is that groups behave in a more self-regarding way than individuals, which affects their members’ decision-making. This column describes new evidence from experiments in Slovakia and Uganda that supports an alternative hypothesis from social psychology that simply being a member of a group makes us more anti-social to outsiders. Within-group cohesion in … Continue reading The dark side of decision-making in groups: Nastiness to outsiders

Color Conversations: A Rational Discussion about Race, Imposed Identities, and Social Constructs

by TEODROSE FIKRE  Ghion Journal Dec 23, 2018 To advocate solidarity is not to deny the existence of injustices. However, I humbly submit the only way we can ameliorate the legacy of hatred that has, and continues, to crater the lives of millions is through compassion and inclusion. It might feel good to rage at … Continue reading Color Conversations: A Rational Discussion about Race, Imposed Identities, and Social Constructs