Studies show that feelings of ease and comfort in a given situation – what psychologists call ‘fluency’ – are tied to feelings of authenticity.
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What if cultivating your authentic self doesn’t involve self-reflection, but instead means focusing on what feels good and natural?
You’re not the only one having trouble discerning the truth.
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Fact-checking risks oversimplifying and distorting Americans’ political conflicts, while not actually helping people find ways to work together productively.
The flood of information can be overwhelming.
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Though many people are just paying attention to these problems now, they are not new – and they even date back to ancient Rome.
Identify and stop the lies.
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A social psychologist explains how to avoid being misled, and how to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccurate information.
People who believe aliens have visited Earth are less likely to trust the 2020 election results.
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Americans who believe aliens have visited Earth are more likely than disbelievers to say that Joe Biden is not the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Polls show that some three-quarters of Republicans claim the election was rigged.
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When a decision is made and people don’t get the outcome they want, they often tend to see it as unfair. Here’s why.
Guilty? The length of your answer may give it away.
It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.
When science and anecdote share a podium, you must decide how to value each.
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How much weight would you put on a scientist’s expertise versus the opinion of a random stranger? People on either end of the political spectrum decide differently what seems true.
The CDC has put out several conflicting messages of late, giving rise to concerns about trust.
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The CDC has released conflicting messages on masks and transmission of the coronavirus. A scholar explains the nature of trust and why institutions need to be careful.
The more politicized an issue, the harder it is for people to absorb contradictory evidence.
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Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call ‘motivated reasoning.’
President Donald Trump, flanked by administration and public health officials, during a briefing on the coronavirus on March 25.
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Journalism’s ethics code says the press must ‘seek truth and report it,’ and also minimize harm. During a public health crisis, how should the press deal with President Trump’s inaccuracies and lies?
Understandings of truth may be found in the Muses’ words.
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Is making sense of a story more important than getting at its truth? Looking at the treatment of myth in ancient Greece may help us navigate what is true, and whether that matters.
Post-truth questions the very nature of truth itself – that’s why it’s so dangerous.
Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote?
Information warfare has gone global. Here are some recent campaigns, and a couple of ideas about how to fight back.
Conviction can lead to dogmatism.
Convictions are where beliefs meet identity. But that can lead to trouble. Our supercharged politics make giving up a conviction feel like an act of self-betrayal and a betrayal of our tribe.
Political fissures extend to the TV screen.
The programs that Americans of all political stripes like to watch seem to be united by a common theme.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real.
We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We’re more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
More democratic forms of politics, journalism and fact-checking will be needed when we can no longer trust any video footage.
Greek philosopher Socrates.
Three philosophers put up a booth at the entrance to a New York City subway, so people could come to them with questions. They got hit with some real zingers.
Doubting Thomas needed the proof, just like a scientist, and now is a cautionary Biblical example.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there’s no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.