Could the “overview effect” calm political polarization?

In a special edition of the science journal Futures, Sanjoy Som considers the future evolution of the Earth through investigating the longevity of humanity. This article is an exploration of his thoughts, previous work on this topic, and was reviewed by fellow scientists. Astrobiologists study the origins, evolution, and future life of the universe. As […]

Polarization increases with economic decline, becoming cripplingly contagious

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The rise of populist movements is changing political systems around the world. As support for these “anti-elite” movements intensifies, many are scrambling to understand whether economic decline and intensifying inter-group conflict are playing a role. A model developed by a team of researchers—including Nolan McCarty of Princeton University—shows how group polarization, […]

Brain scans reveal the vocabulary that drives neural polarization — ScienceDaily

How can the partisan divide be bridged when conservatives and liberals consume the same political content, yet interpret it through their own biased lens? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University scanned the brains of more than three dozen politically left- and right-leaning adults as they viewed short videos […]