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Psychology for Progressive Purposes

Addressing the myriad challenges of our globalized world will benefit from insights into human psychology. For today’s engaged citizens, there’s no shortage of pressing concerns that demand attention: social and economic inequality, inadequate access to health care, persecution and violence on the basis of belief or group identity, assaults on civil rights and personal dignity, […]

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Obama, Tea Parties, and the Battle for Our Brains

Over the past couple of weeks, The New York Times has been reporting on results from the cognitive and brain sciences that confirm past research in those fields partly by me and partly by my community of colleagues. What makes this of general, not personal, interest is that the scientific results are especially important for […]

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Building Seattle’s Innovation Engine – Be Part of the Story!

– A story about innovation in the Emerald City – When I arrived in Seattle 18 months ago, I quickly realized two things.  First, this city is bustling with so much creativity that it is on the verge of becoming the next Silicon Valley.  Seattle has the cultural capacity to become a leading innovation center […]

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State of the Union: A Status Report on the Far Right

This article is republished from Campaign for America’s Future. As long as we’re taking the measure of the country this week, let’s look in on the far (and not so far) fringes of the right wing. What’s up with them? And how worried should we be? For the past several months, I’ve been trying to […]

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Belief and Worldview in Politics

I often begin public talks by asserting that what we believe to be true is more important than what is actually true.  Then I share examples like these: Saddam Hussein is linked to the 9/11 attacks. Environmental action destroys jobs. Regulations hurt markets. Government is wasteful. Each of these claims is based on an underlying […]

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