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How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


Social Psychologist Erich Fromm Diagnoses Why People Wear a Mask of Happiness in Modern Society (1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCzsqKrkhE Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine. —Erich Fromm There are more think pieces published every day than any one person can read about our current moment of social disintegration. But we seem to have lost touch with the insights of social psychology, a field that dominated popular intellectual discourse in the post-war 20t...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Un, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Erich Fromm, Camus, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Jacobin, Fromm, Frankfurt School


How Do Vaccines (Including the COVID-19 Vaccines) Work?: Watch Animated Introductions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7TVW77ZCs The other day, I found myself reading about what life is like in countries that have successfully minimized the pandemic: worry free holidays, meeting friends and family without the danger of infection, a general air of normalcy thanks to a combination of rigorous public health efforts and public cooperation. I live in the U.S., where the political party currently in power (and desperate to keep it) convinced millions of my fellow citizens that...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, America, United States, Current Affairs, Who, Philadelphia, Pbs, Bmj, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Katherine O'Brien


A Biostatistician Uses Crochet to Visualize the Frightening Infection Rates of the Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lxKUulMxH8 Chances are you’ve looked at more graphs this past year than you did over the previous decade — not just while working at home, but while scrolling through cascades of often-troubling quantitative information during your “off” hours as well. This phenomenon has hardly been limited to the Americans who obsessed over the predictions of and returns from their presidential election last month, an event turned practically into a sideshow by the ongo...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, Current Affairs, Seoul, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Paul Gauguin, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Kathrine Frey Frøslie, Frøslie, Coral Crochet Based


MIT Presents a Free Course on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Anthony Fauci & Other Experts

Most of us use the terms "coronavirus" and "COVID-19" to refer to the pandemic that has gone around the world this year. We do know, or can figure out, that the former term refers to a virus and the latter to the disease caused by that virus. But do we know the full name "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2," or "SARS-CoV-2" for short? We will if we take the online course "COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic," which MIT is making available to the general public free online....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, America, Mit, Harvard, Current Affairs, Online Courses, Seoul, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Broad Institute, Richard Young


What Happened When Americans Had to Wear Masks During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Medical professionals have had a particularly difficult time getting people in the United States to act in unison for the public good during the pandemic. This has been the case with every step that experts urge to curb the spread of COVID-19, from closing schools, churches, and other meeting places, to enforcing social distancing and wearing masks over the nose and mouth in public spaces. The resistance may seem symptomatic of the contemporary political climate, but there is ample precedent fo...
Tags: Health, Google, College, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, History, United States, Current Affairs, Paris, Manchester, Portland, Oakland, University Of Michigan, Facebook Twitter, Ewing


A Chilling Time-Lapse Video Documents Every COVID-19 Death on a Global Map: From January to June 2020

The story of the Coronavirus, at least in the US, has swung between a number of rhetorical tics now common to all of our discourse. Called a “hoax,” then given several racist nicknames and dismissed as a “nothing burger,” the pandemic—currently at around 3 million cases in the country, with a U.S. death toll over 130,000—has now become the “new normal,” a phrase that pops up everywhere you look. “This framing is inviting,” writes Chime Asonye at the World Economic Forum. It conveys “the ...
Tags: Health, Google, Instagram, Youtube, College, China, US, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Beckwith, Durham NC Follow, Asonye, Isao Hashimoto, Chime Asonye, James Beckwith, Johns Hopkins Josh Jones


Vintage Science Face Masks: Conquer the Pandemic with Science, Courtesy of Maria Popova’s BrainPickings

If you don’t floss or brush your teeth, they will rot and fall out. If you don’t eat fruits and vegetables, you will get scurvy or some other horrible disease. If you don’t use protection… well, you know the rest. These are facts of life we mostly accept if we care about ourselves and others because they are beyond disputing. But the idea of wearing a cloth mask when in public during a viral pandemic spread through droplets from the nose and mouth—a practice endorsed by the CDC, the World Healt...
Tags: Health, Google, Europe, Florida, Science, College, US, Current Affairs, Great Barrier Reef, Facebook Twitter, Flora, Josh Jones, Ernst Haeckel, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Popova


How Fast Can a Vaccine Be Made?: An Animated Introduction

From Ted-Ed comes a video that answers a timely question: How fast can a vaccine be made? They write: "When a new pathogen emerges, our bodies and healthcare systems are left vulnerable. And when this pathogen causes the outbreak of a pandemic, there’s an urgent need for a vaccine to create widespread immunity with minimal loss of life. So how quickly can we develop vaccines when we need them most? Dan Kwartler describes the three phases of vaccine development." Exploratory research, cli...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Science, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, TED Ed, Dan Kwartler


DEVO Is Now Selling COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment: Energy Dome Face Shields

According to DEVO's co-principle songwriter and bassist Gerald Casale, the experimental art band turned early MTV pop-punk darlings were “pro-information, anti stupid conformity and knew that the struggle for freedom against tyranny is never-ending.” Their singular performance garb also set them apart, and none more so than the bright red plastic Energy Dome helmets they donned 40 years ago this month, upon the release of their third album, Freedom of Choice. The record, which the ba...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Design, California, College, Current Affairs, Mtv, Facebook Twitter, Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, Casale, Ayun Halliday, Devo Mark Mothersbaugh


How to Find Emotional Strength & Resilience During COVID-19: Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jack Kornfield, Susan David & Other Experts

There are many roads through the coronavirus crisis. One is denial, which only makes things worse. Another is service and self-sacrifice, a choice we honor in the medical professionals putting their lives at risk every day. For most of us, however, the best course of action is non-action—staying home and isolating ourselves from others. Days bleed into weeks, weeks into months. It can seem like life has come to a complete halt. It hasn’t, of course. All sorts of things are happening insi...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, College, Life, Ted, David, Current Affairs, TED Talks, Tim Ferris, Anderson, Chris Anderson, Gilbert, Facebook Twitter, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michel de Montaigne


Simulating an Epidemic: Using Data to Show How Diseases Like COVID-19 Spread

Disease modeling as a science has come into its own lately, for heartbreakingly obvious reasons. What may not be so obvious to those of us who aren't scientists is just how critical data can be in changing the course of events in an outbreak. Virus outbreaks may be “acts of God” or acts of unregulated black markets and agribusinesses, but in either case, statistical models can show, concretely, how collective human activity can save lives—and show what happens when people don’t act toget...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, Data, Current Affairs, The Washington Post, Facebook Twitter, Stevens, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Kevin Simler, Harry Stevens, Nicholas Jewell, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute


Spring Break vs. COVID-19: Mapping the Real Impact of Ignoring Social Distancing

Yesterday, the United States surpassed China, becoming the world leader in COVID-19 infections. It's not hard to understand why. Social distancing remains very uneven. Domestic travel continues unchecked. Asymptomatic carriers stay on the move. Starting on the coasts, COVID-19 is now moving inexorably across the nation, coming to a city or town near you. If you want to get a glimpse of how COVID-19 can spread, watch this clip from Tectonix GEO. It uses data from anonymized mobile device...
Tags: Health, Google, College, China, United States, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Lauderdale, COVID, Johns Hopkins Free Courses, Emerging Pandemic Watch Bacteria Become Resistant


What Happened to U.S. Cities That Practiced–and Didn’t Practice–Social Distancing During 1918’s “Spanish Flu”

Americans have long been accused of growing socially distant, bowling alone, as Robert Putnam wrote in 2000, or worse becoming radicalized as "lone wolves" and isolated trolls. But we are seeing how much we depend on each other as social distancing becomes the painful normal. Not quite quarantine, social distancing involves a semi-voluntary restriction of our movements. For many people, this is, as they say, a big ask. But no matter what certain world leaders tell us, if at all possible,...
Tags: Health, Google, College, History, Current Affairs, Philadelphia, Vox, St Louis, Facebook Twitter, Lopez, Josh Jones, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Bitton, Durham NC Follow, Isaac Chotiner, Robert Putnam


Watch “Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know,” and the 24-Lecture Course “An Introduction to Infectious Diseases,” Both Free from The Great Courses

COVID-19 is a serious, highly communicable disease. It is not a hoax, and it will continue to spread until it is contained with widespread testing and a vaccine. At present, scientists seem to know little about all the forms of transmission or the possibility of reinfection. Older people and the immunocompromised are certainly more at risk than others, but the virus can kill the healthy and the sick. It doesn’t care where it starts or ends. It doesn’t care if someone is a U.S. Senator or...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, Current Affairs, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Roy Benaroch, Barry Fox, COVID, Benaroch


Why Fighting the Coronavirus Depends on You

A public service announcement from Vox. It's worth coupling this with our previous post: Quarantined Italians Send a Message to Themselves 10 Days Ago: What They Wish They Knew Then. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider following Open Culture on Fac...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Current Affairs, Albert Camus, Vox, Facebook Twitter


Quarantined Italians Send a Message to Themselves 10 Days Ago: What They Wish They Knew Then

Countries like the US, England, France, Spain and Germany are about 9-10 days behind in the COVID-19 progression. For our benefit, the video channel called "A THING BY" asked Italians to record a message they wish had heard 10 days prior. Let's take careful note of what they have to say. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free ...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Germany, Current Affairs, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, US England France Spain


How to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19/Coronavirus

A short public service announcement from the World Health Organization. When you're done watching this short video, also see this WHO primer on properly washing your hands. And read this article in The New York Times: . If you find other valuable resources, please feel free to mention them in the comments section below and we can perhaps build a collection of useful materials for all OC readers. How to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19/Coronavirus is a post from: Open Culture. Follow u...
Tags: Health, Google, College, Current Affairs, New York Times, Facebook Twitter, World Health Organization When


Midlife?

Hi there Kimchi Mamas!!! How are things going? Things are going alright here in the Choi family. I turned 40 this year and I kind of am really liking the older me. I feel so mature! Can you tell? So mature! Right? =) In all seriousness, I actually do feel like I am just barely starting to get this thing... [Author: Kimchi]
Tags: Health, Death, General, Celebrities, Parenting, Relationships, Religion, Divorce, Birthday, Mental Health, Current Affairs, Inspirational, Adoption, Faith, God, Anger


Book review: The Perils of Perception, by Bobby Duffy

After almost 25 years at Ipsos MORI, Bobby Duffy is an expert in social research. One of his particular interests is how we get things wrong, something that the agency has investigated through interviews with 100,000 people in 40 different countries. That work has now been brought together in the book The Perils of Perception: […]
Tags: Psychology, Books, Future, Current Affairs, Ipsos, Bobby Duffy


Stephen Fry Identifies the Cognitive Biases That Make Trump Tick

Months after the election, much of the electorate is still trying to figure out what makes Trump/Trumpism tick. Everyone has a theory--frankly too many theories to rehearse right here. But we'll give you the take of Stephen Fry, a regular presence on our site. In the animated clip above from Pindex, Fry attributes the Trump's political ascendance and style to three cognitive biases, or three deviations from rational judgment, which lead people to draw illogical conclusions about other pe...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, John Cleese, America, Current Affairs, Stephen Fry, Cornell University, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Facebook and Twitter, Daniel Dennett, Trump Trumpism


I’m Just a Pill: A Schoolhouse Rock Classic Gets Reimagined to Defend Reproductive Rights in 2017

Like many American children of the 70s and 80s, my understanding of how our government is supposed to function was shaped by Schoolhouse Rock. Immigration, separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers and of course, the promise of the Constitution (“a list of principles for keepin’ people free”) were just a few of the topics the animated musical series covered with clarity and wit. The new world order in which we’ve recently found ourselves suggests that 2017 would be a g...
Tags: Health, Google, Politics, Television, Biology, College, Current Affairs, Nsfw, Facebook Twitter, New Black, Teen Vogue, Holly Miranda, Lea Delaria, Dave Frishberg, Ayun Halliday, Schoolhouse Rock


Cuts to Healthcare Mean Assisted Suicide For Many Trump Supporters

Our newly minted 24 minute media cycle keeps us all on our heels. If you’re like me, you wake up in the morning fully embracing the possibility of nuclear holocaust, ripping satire and an incalculable amount vitriol coming from our President’s mouth. Just weeks ago, the former leader of our nation, Barack H. Obama, had “tapped the Trump tower phones.” Before that 3,000,000 people illegally voted opposing Trump, in a Trump win over Hillary Clinton. There’s a well full of examples I could cite. L...
Tags: Health, Politics, Obamacare, Obama, Life, Religion, Race, Americas, Uncategorized, US, America, Barack Obama, Development, Gop, Hillary Clinton, United States


Who Gets to Point Fingers: Media Coverage of the Ft. Lauderdale Shooter

By Wendy Diaz On January 6, 2017, which happens to be Three Kings Day -a holiday related to Christmas and widely celebrated in the Spanish-speaking world- a US military veteran of Puerto Rican descent opened fire in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport killing five people and injuring eight in a senseless shooting rampage that ended with him running out of ammunition and surrendering to police. While the authorities still attempted to identify the motive that drove Esteban Santiago-Ru...
Tags: Florida, Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Africa, Religion, US, Syria, Earth, Fbi, Mental Health, Current Affairs, Terrorism, Santiago, New Jersey, Middle East


An Animated History of Planned Parenthood, Brought to You by Lena Dunham, JJ Abrams & More

Lena Dunham drafted a host of well known friends for The History Of 100 Years Of Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood, the short film (above) she co-directed with animator Kirsten Lepore. Others taking part in the production include comedians Mindy Kaling and actors Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Hari Nef, Jennifer Lawrence, and Constance Wu, and producer J.J. Abrams. But the real stars of this show are the female trailblazers who fought (and continue to fight) for access to safe ...
Tags: Health, Google, Politics, California, College, Life, New York City, History, Current Affairs, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Mike Pence, Cecile Richards, Facebook Twitter, Dunham, J J Abrams


Moral licensing and extreme politics

Did anyone else listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast series earlier this year, Revisionist History? I’ve been thinking about one of the episodes over the past week. It’s the first, The Lady Vanishes. If you haven’t heard it, you can listen to it on the website. In it, Gladwell looks at examples of female achievement and […]
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Future, Current Affairs, Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell


Midlife?

Hi there Kimchi Mamas!!! How are things going? Things are going alright here in the Choi family. I turned 40 this year and I kind of am really liking the older me. I feel so mature! Can you tell? So mature! Right? =) In all seriousness, I actually do feel like I am just barely starting to get this thing... [Author: Kimchi]
Tags: Health, Death, General, Celebrities, Parenting, Relationships, Religion, Divorce, Birthday, Mental Health, Current Affairs, Inspirational, Adoption, Faith, God, Anger


Bug Off in the Italian Language

Insetti Insects Mosquitoes carrying the dread Zika virus may be making headlines, but Italy has long had reason to fear gli insetti. For centuries the infamous marshes of the Maremma, the western part of Tuscany, were a breeding ground for mosquitoes that infected thousands of people — travelers as well as residents — with malaria. Among those fatally stricken were Eleonora di Toledo, wife of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de’Medici. She died of malaria along with two of their sons after ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Books, Bugs, History, Current Affairs, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, New York Times, Italy, Tuscany, Maremma, Zika, Sayings and expressions, Italian language


I Have A Bee in My Bonnet About Egg Banking

I really shouldn’t be here right now.  But there is too much laundry, too many emails, and too many dishes to attend to not to choose to procrastinate right now and get some stuff off my mind.  I have had several conversations Today (yes this one specific day on which I am writing) with people entering into “fresh” egg donation cycles and who have debated using or tried using an egg bank.  And when I say “fresh” egg donation cycle I mean that they are using an egg donor who will donate all her e...
Tags: Health, Current Affairs, Ivf, Infertility, Embryos, Thinking Out Loud, Frozen Embryos, Stork, Personal Musings, The Journey to Parenthood, Third-Party Assisted Reproduction, Egg Donation, Thoughts on Choosing an Egg Donor



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