On Groups, Individuals, Brains, and Politics

One of the many things I have been puzzling over lately is the psychological phenomenon in which people have trouble remembering that groups are made up of individuals. Examples include stories such as this one, about a town where people are shocked to discover that their vote to summarily expel all undocumented immigrants means a great … Continue reading On Groups, Individuals, Brains, and Politics

Realities

I just returned from an incredible vacation, one I'd planned for over a year. It was a cruise from Los Angeles to Tahiti, via Hawaii and numerous islands of French Polynesia. If you ever have a chance to do something like that, take it. I can't come up with superlatives strong enough to describe it. … Continue reading Realities

There Is No Justification for Having Voted for Donald Trump

Hate me if you want. Troll me if you must. History has its eyes on you (thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda), and future generations will not accept your feeble excuses. I would like to tell you some reasons why. You claim you are not misogynist*, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, or xenophobic, and you don’t approve of lots … Continue reading There Is No Justification for Having Voted for Donald Trump