“Your Ideas Are Not Your Identity”

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Counterfactual thinking — reflecting on how one’s views could be different if they had grown up in different circumstances — works better to get people to be more understanding of opposing opinions. When working with gun control and gun rights advocates, Adam Grant told the former to imagine growing up in a hunting family, or growing up in Columbine for the latter. It helped both groups to have drastically lower animosity towards the other side. Read full article here

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Overcoming Bias

Kai Cheng’s professor had a brilliant scheme. In his first lecture, he promised that each lecture would feature a “Lie of the Day”. But why? It made his students more attentive and analytical, poring over every detail of his lecture and making sense of why things were true. It was such a powerful teaching method that his students digested his most technical lectures quite easily because they tried so hard to catch his lie. The kicker? There was no lie in that first lecture; he had lied about that too! Read full article here

Culture

How Place Names Impact The Way We See Landscape

Would you believe that El Capitan and Measuring-Worm Stone are both names for the same mountain? Sitting in Yosemite National Park, it was called El Capitan by colonisers because it was a towering and formidable mountain. But to the Indigenous who called Yosemite home, it was Measuring-Worm Stone. They viewed it as a lesson in patience and resilience. Its name hails from a legend that details how a lowly measuring worm was the only one that could climb the cliff (though slowly) to rescue two brothers stuck on its peak. Read full article here

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