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      What Can We Do to Reduce Political Polarization? in Providence

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      June 21, 2019

      Friday  12:00 PM

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      What Can We Do to Reduce Political Polarization?

      Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know exactly how a pen or toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Join Brown University cognitive scientist and author of The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman, in a lively discussion on the brilliance and shortcomings of the human mind. Extensive evidence shows that people know less about how things work than they think they do; asking people to describe how an object functions reveals an illusion of explanatory depth. Sloman will argue that we experience this illusion of understanding because we live in a community of knowledge. Our communities understand how things work, and we fail to distinguish what we know from the knowledge that resides in other people’s heads. What are the implications for political polarization? Sloman will draw from his work as a cognitive psychologist to explain why people outsource their political opinions to their communities and what we might do to burst communal bubbles of (false) knowledge. Sign up for information about future events at!

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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