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  • Can We Escape the Vortex of Polarization?

    Can We Escape the Vortex of Polarization?

    A new book explores the complex reasons why Americans have become starkly divided into warring camps—and delves deep into how we may start pulling ourselves from the morass.

  • The Evolution of The Moral Brain

    The Evolution of The Moral Brain

    Drawing upon the narrative of his new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Dr. Jonathan Haidt gave a lecture entitled “The Rationalist Delusion in Moral Psychology,” on April 24, 2012 to members of Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Haidt elaborates on his own research in moral and…

  • Dead Plants Strengthen Beliefs in Global Warming

    Dead Plants Strengthen Beliefs in Global Warming

    Subtle stimuli in the environment exert a strong influence on the way we think about global warming. The notion that surrounding objects unconsciously influence our thoughts and behavior is of interest to individuals who are interested in developing strategies to promote sustainable behavior.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Can We Escape the Vortex of Polarization?

    Can We Escape the Vortex of Polarization?

    A new book explores the complex reasons why Americans have become starkly divided into warring camps—and delves deep into how we may start pulling ourselves from the morass.

  • The Evolution of The Moral Brain

    The Evolution of The Moral Brain

    Drawing upon the narrative of his new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Dr. Jonathan Haidt gave a lecture entitled “The Rationalist Delusion in Moral Psychology,” on April 24, 2012 to members of Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Haidt elaborates on his own research in moral and…

  • Dead Plants Strengthen Beliefs in Global Warming

    Dead Plants Strengthen Beliefs in Global Warming

    Subtle stimuli in the environment exert a strong influence on the way we think about global warming. The notion that surrounding objects unconsciously influence our thoughts and behavior is of interest to individuals who are interested in developing strategies to promote sustainable behavior.