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This Is Why I Hate Politics

Mark Matousek | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Mark Matousek

I was listening to Hillary's acceptance speech this morning on my iPhone, minding my own business and drinking my coffee, when my partner heard her voice and said, "God, I can't stand her."

The Endorser

Greg Cootsona | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

I used to hate this expression: "We engage people with arguments, not arguments in abstraction." I hated that phrase because I believed that the truth of an argument ought to be enough to convince us.

A Response to Arianna: Calling Trump a Racist Is Like Using Oxygen to Put Out Fire

Danielle Lee Tomson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Danielle Lee Tomson

The language to sway and woo needs to change and be redirected, lest you find yourself speaking to an echo chamber.

Explaining Reactions to the Mormon Policy Change on Same-Sex Marriage

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

Reactions within the Mormon community were swift and intense. Many conservative Mormons were quick to defend the policy while more liberal Mormons (yes, there are a few) reacted with varying degrees of outrage.

Can You Make The World Happier?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you had the opportunity to make the whole world happier, where would you start? Educate adults and children about the tested, practical steps they can take to consistently flourish? Measure wellbeing at a national level to shape government policies? Overhaul capitalism to be less self-serving?

Do Trigger Warnings On Campus Cause More Harm Than Good?

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.14.2015 | College

Trigger warnings, a means of preemptively alerting an audience to potentially distressing material, have been widely adopted by college professors rec...

3 Quick Notes About 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.

How to Make Most Any Bad Situation Better

Kare Anderson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Finding the things you're doing right, as an individual or a team, and figuring out how to do them more often, together is considerably more pleasant and likely to succeed than feeling guilty for what you're doing badly and attempting to stop it.

How We Make Moral Decisions

Nina Wang | Posted 05.02.2015 | Science
Nina Wang

The concept of humans as rational beings whose actions are driven primarily by logic and reason needs to go -- our cognitive resources are more limited than we think, and we take shortcuts through reasoning more often than we know.

How to Pull in Friendships and Fresh Adventures

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Good News
Kare Anderson

We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the disruptive changes surrounding us.

God's Not Dead (But Even If He Is, He Deserves Better Than This Movie)

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.

Polarized Psychology: Is Science Devalued in a Divided Society?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Jarryd Willis

How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.

My Conversation With Jonathan Haidt on Gay Marriage

David Blankenhorn | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
David Blankenhorn

I know something about the marriage culture wars. I was a well-known opponent of gay marriage -- I testified at the Prop 8 trial in California -- and last year I changed my mind, which had a big impact on me personally and on the Institute for American Values.

Is Outrage Driving Homophobia Underground?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathaniel Frank

Maybe all the outbursts are doing us a favor by allowing us to understand and address homophobia. But the outbursts can only be helpful if they are taken seriously and not dismissed or censored by the outrage police.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Will a Grand New Party evolve on Guns and Immigration?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer and Matalin debate whether the GOP can shift on Immigration to avoid political suicide and on guns to reduce homocides. That's up to the Norquist of Guns -- Wayne LaPierre -- to allow NRA-owned electeds to stop the slaughter.

Let's Not Give Up on Reason in Politics: A Response to Jonathan Haidt's 'The Righteous Mind'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Haidt maintains that when we confront a moral or political question, our first reaction is intuitive. We use reason to defend our intuitions rather than to form them.

Misogyny 101

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Graham Holm

Female sexuality has always been a problem for men. First, there is the issue of paternity. After that, lust. Since new life emerges from women's bo...

Why Ayn Rand Won't Go Away: 'Atlas Shrugged,' Part 2 and the Motor of Moral Psychology

Michael Shermer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Shermer

Why don't liberals admire Ayn Rand and her philosophy of objectivism, so forcefully presented in this book and film?

What Believers And Atheists Can Learn From Each Other

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

We don't have to agree with someone in order to learn from them. As Ben Zoma, a second century Jewish sage, reminds us: "Who is wise? The person who learns from all people."

Both Sides Now: Reagan/Matalin on Their Biases, Ryan-Buffett, Polls, Tattoos

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Through the looking glass of their families and early years, Reagan/Matalin analyze Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind. Can Left & Right hear each other or be merely riders of reason on the elephant of intuition?

The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Comes Of Age

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The 21st century will be seen as humanity's rite of passage. We're growing up as a species, going through the very same process we've all gone through individually. Our biggest challenge? Idolatry of the written word.

Both Sides: Are We All Pre-wired Left or Right? Do Beliefs Precede Facts?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Kellyanne Conway discuss Jonathan Haidt's new book, which argues that "righteousness" precedes self-righteousness. Through that lens, the women debate their different views of the Trayvon shooting and "War on Women".

The Moral Contemptibility of the Conservative Mind

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Author Jonathan Haidt enjoins liberals to make a sincere attempt to listen to conservatives and appreciate sincerely the values they hold dear, and even more, to see that that they are generally necessary for any society to hang together.

Can Mars Save American Science From American Politics?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Without a strong science base no nation can claim a leadership role in the modern world. But new evidence indicates that support for science in America is in trouble.