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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


New York Gov. Cuomo predicts scientists will speak 'unmuzzled' now that 'Trump is out of office'

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on July 23, 2020 in New York City Jeenah Moon/Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said health and government officials will be able to speak freely "now that Mr. Trump is out of office."  "I think you'll see scientists speak with unmuzzled voice" after Joe Biden's victory was called over President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Cuomo said. Trump's administration has established a pattern of publicly breaking with and attemptin...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, Science, News, Abc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Vox, Donald Trump


Biden's first move as president-elect will be to announce a new coronavirus task force in coming days: report

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden will announce a 12-person coronavirus task force on Monday, according to Axios.  The task force will be led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, and Yale School of Medicine professor Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, according to Axios.  By declaring the formation of this task force, Biden signals toward expactations that the coronavirus will continue to be an area ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Food And Drug Administration, Biden, Vox, Donald Trump, Presidential Election, Kamala Harris, Trump, Yale School of Medicine, Vivek Murthy


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


How to survive social distancing according to science

Social distancing asks us to repress our evolutionary desire for human contact and interaction. Experts worry long periods of the practice will have unforeseen consequences on our mental health. We look at seven ways to help us mitigate social distancing's harmful effects. In response to the COVID-19, government and public health officials have asked us to steer clear of each other. Called "social distancing," the idea is to limit the transmission of the disease by lessening the contact we hav...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Cdc, Relationships, Africa, Happiness, Mental Health, Depression, United States, New York Times, Innovation, Community, Disease, Npr, University of Florida


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


Why New Diseases Like COVID-19 Keep Appearing in China

From Vox comes a short explainer that delves into why viruses like COVID-19 have often first taken off in China. They write: As of early March 2020, a new coronavirus, called COVID-19, is in more than 70 countries and has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in China. That's where the virus emerged back in December 2019. This isn't a new phenomenon for China; in 2003, the SARS virus also emerged there, and under similar circumstances, before spreading around the world and kil...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, China, Vox, Facebook Twitter, Johns Hopkins Chinese Museums Closed


Are we psychologically prepared for the coronavirus outbreak?

The novel coronavirus has spread to all continents except Antarctica, and it's infected more than 90,000 people as of early March.In China, mental health officials are trying to keep up with thousands of service requests from doctors and civilians facing fear, anxiety and exhaustion.It's unclear how Americans will react if the outbreak intensifies. Scientists have a decent understanding of how the novel coronavirus affects the body. But what's less clear is how the outbreak — its death toll, ...
Tags: Health, China, Virus, Mental Health, Public Health, United States, Xi Jinping, New York Times, Innovation, Antarctica, Disease, Party, Vox, Wuhan, Cnbc, American Civil Liberties Union


Sports and politics: How strong is group identity?

It is often suggested that identity politics is something that marginalized groups do. American journalist and Vox co-founder Ezra Klein argues that it's something we all do. "All politics all the time is influenced by identity."In social psychology, experiments in the minimum viable group paradigm methodology have shown that no matter how arbitrary the distinction, those who belong to one group tend to favor that group and discriminate against others.Group identity trumps all else when it comes...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Identity, Lgbt, Sports, Society, Policy, United States, Innovation, Mind, Vox, Ezra Klein, Self


Yes, You Can Challenge Expensive Medical Bills

The next time you get an unexpectedly high medical bill, don’t assume you have to pay it off in full. We’ve written before about what to do if you get a surprise medical bill and how to check your bill against your explanation of benefits; now, Sarah Kliff at Vox explains how you can challenge medical bills—and win.Read more...
Tags: Health, Saving Money, Medicine, Healthcare, Health Insurance, Lifehacks, Vox, Sarah Kliff


A detailed analysis of American ER bills reveals rampant, impossible-to-avoid price-gouging

For more than a year, Vox's Sarah Kliff has been investigating hospital price-gouging in America, collecting hospital bills from her readers and comparing them, chasing up anomalies and pulling on threads, producing a stream of outstanding reports on her findings. In her latest installment, Kliff digs deep into the famously bizarre world of ER bills and points out some of the most egregious ways in which these are rigged. For example, if you are injured and also financially precarious, yo...
Tags: Health, Post, Florida, News, America, Seattle, Vox, ACA, Kliff, Sarah Kliff, Late Stage Capitalism, Emergency Rooms, Medicare For All, Single-payer Healthcare, Sarah Kliff Vox, Grifter Capitalism


What is CBD really good for?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most well-known of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. There is strong evidence that CBD might help in an array of problems, including anxiety and pain management.But numerous companies are marketing low doses of CBD with no proven efficacy and charging a premium. None I began noticing a new beverage in Los Angeles. The first thing you notice is the cheap wrapping, as if directly printed at home and pasted onto the bottle. The sparse print leaves room for ...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medicine, California, Marijuana, Los Angeles, Maine, Innovation, Fda, Illness, Vox, Coca Cola, Derek, Stevia, Dan Nosowitz


I think the answer is evolution.

I wonder the same thing every time a tweet like this crosses my feed⬇️ https://t.co/80S9mcpopm — Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) September 18, 2018 The women Roberts posits did not survive to reproduce. And assuredly, much of the reproduction that did take place began with rape and many of the babies who survived to go on to reproduce had mothers who had the psychological wherewithal to go on despite rape. Women are not hotheads, freaking out about rape, attempted rape, and the burdens of avoidin...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Pregnancy, Rape, Evolution, Vox, Young, David Roberts, Roberts, Meade, I was wrong, Ann Althouse, Cathy Young, MeToo


The Surprising Pattern Behind the Names of Colors Around the World

People in South Korea, where I live, often ask if I don't find the Korean language awfully hard. I reply by asking them what they imagine the most difficult part might be. Almost everyone has the same answer: "There are so many words for colors." (Many add, with a strangely consistent specificity, that there are so many words for yellow.) Though each new language one learns presents a unique set of challenges, that set does invariably include memorizing the names of the colors all over a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, South Korea, College, Berlin, Charles Darwin, Vox, Seoul, UC Berkeley, Facebook Twitter, Werner, Kandinsky, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Sun Goethe, Goethe Newton


How to Use Psychedelic Drugs to Improve Mental Health: Michael Pollan’s New Book, How to Change Your Mind, Makes the Case

The history of research on psychedelic drugs is so sensational that more sober-minded experiments (so to speak) often get obscured by the hip, the weird, and the nefarious, the latter including secret CIA and Army testing of LSD and other drugs as a means of psychological warfare and “enhanced interrogation.” These experiments inadvertently led to Ken Kesey’s infamous “Acid Tests” in Northern California. On the other side of the country, Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary used questionab...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Books, California, College, US, America, Harvard, Army, Cia, Vox, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Richard Nixon, Michael Pollan


Another Article on Understanding David Barton

Out today, Vox has an article by Tara Burton hoping to help progressive readers understand the David Barton phenomenon. Over the years, Barton has been identified as the “historian” behind a Christian nationalist narrative of the nation’s founding. Burton correctly connects newly appointed Religious Liberty Ambassador Sam Brownback and PA Republican candidate for Congress Rick […]
Tags: Health, Vox, Infertility, Burton, Sam Brownback, David Barton, Barton, Tara Burton, Congress Rick


Why Coffee Naps Will Perk You Up More Than Either Coffee, or Naps, Alone

We've all had a cup of coffee after a nap. But maybe we've been doing it all wrong. Maybe we should put the cup of coffee before the nap. It sounds counterintuitive. But apparently the coffee nap--a cup of joe followed immediately by a quick nap--has some scientific merits and unexpected health benefits. Over at Vox, they've summarized the findings of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK, who found that "when tired participants took a 15-minute coffee nap, they went on to com...
Tags: Health, Google, UK, College, Food & Drink, Salvador Dalí, Vox, Facebook Twitter, Weil, Facebook and Twitter, Buckminster Fuller, Loughborough University


HHS further reduces role in ACA open enrollment

HealthCare.gov Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera and Paul McLeod last week broke the story that the Trump administration – which has already cut the marketing and navigator budget for the coming shortened open enrollment season – is now pulling out of enrollment events across the country. Its 10 regional directors will not be helping with planning, a break from Obama administration practices. They cited an administration source and an email sent to health advocates in Mississippi citing the policy chang...
Tags: Health, Mississippi, Obamacare, Obama, Buzzfeed, Open Enrollment, Vox, ACA, Mitchell, Trump, Health Care Reform, HHS, Roy Mitchell, Phil Galewitz, Paul McLeod, HHS Sec Tom Price


HHS further reduces roll in ACA open enrollment

Healthcare.gov Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera and Paul McLeod last week broke the story that the Trump administration – which has already cut the marketing and navigator budget for the coming shortened open enrollment season – is now pulling out of enrollment events across the country. Its 10 regional directors will not be helping with planning, a break from Obama administration practices. They cited an administration source and an email sent to health advocates in Mississippi citing the policy chang...
Tags: Health, Mississippi, Obamacare, Obama, Buzzfeed, Open Enrollment, Vox, ACA, Mitchell, Trump, Health Care Reform, HHS, Roy Mitchell, Phil Galewitz, Paul McLeod, HHS Sec Tom Price


Here’s how a glucometer turned this doctor against Medicaid for all

In a recent Vox interview, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced his plans to allow individuals without insurance to buy Medicaid coverage. As a family doctor caring for patients on Medicaid in Senator Schatz’s home state, I cannot support such a plan. Medicare continues to be run by the federal government. In contrast, Medicaid programs are run by states. The trend in recent decades is for states to contract out Medicaid to private insurance corporations. Before 1994, Hawaii’s Medicaid was...
Tags: Health, Policy, Diabetes, Hawaii, Medicare, Vox, Medicaid, Clinton, Schatz, Brian Schatz, Public Health & Policy, Washington Watch, Blue Cross Blue Shield During


How politicians mislead their constituents on health care

When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn’t surprised to get an email back detailing the law’s faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic. “Obamacare” he wrote in January, “does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked ‘Health Landing Pages Choices Commissioner’ to determine what coverage and treatments are available to ...
Tags: Health, Congress, Policy, Gop, House, Louisiana, Propublica, Vox, Bill Cassidy, Cassidy, Health Reform, Sen Roy Blunt R MO, Andrea Mongler, Kaiser Health News Stat


Why Your Knuckles Make That Popping Sound When You Crack Them

If you love making your knuckles and other joints pop, you might’ve heard that doing so is “bad for you” and that “you’ll get arthritis.” Short answer: we’re not sure. Long answer: this video from Vox gives you the lowdown on what’s actually happening in your joints.Read more...
Tags: Health, Video, Body, Vox, life-hacks, Body Science


Al Gore will now host the climate change event the CDC canceled

This month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called off a Climate and Health Summit - and many suspect it's because of President Donald Trump's dubious views on climate change. Fortunately, environmentalist Al Gore stepped in - and he's planning to lead a one day Climate and Health Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The new conference will convene the American Public Health Association (APHA), Gore's Climate Reality Project, Dr. Howard Frumkin, the University of Washington Center...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Climate Change, Washington Post, Cdc, Events, Global Warming, Public Health, Paris, Vox, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Gore, Atlanta Georgia, Al Gore


Let’s Fix Healthcare!

Today’s article is a little different. While Lazy Man and Money is almost always focused on personal finance, I have an in interest in fixing broken systems. That’s probably the computer science nerd in me. It’s why I often write about MLM scams. Healthcare seems to be one of the biggest problems that most of American can agree on. I think that’s why it has become a big political issue. People feel they are paying too much for it… and they are right to feel that way. Long before the Afford...
Tags: Health, Boston, Marketing, Nbc News, Cleveland Browns, America, Cnn, Harvard, Atlantic, United States, Healthcare, Medicare, Health Care, Mcdonalds, Cuba, Vox


Beware of Colorado Republicans Claiming to Have Multiple Replacements for Obamacare

The Colorado Republican congressional delegation is talking a lot about replacements for Obamacare, as if they have something in mind, or many options to choose from, without actually pointing to an actual factual replacement. As an example of how Republicans disguise their absence of a plan as a plan, check out this passage from a Jan. 13 Denver Post opinion piece, authored by all of Colorado's GOP members of Congress (with the glaring exception of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.) And speaking of repla...
Tags: Health, News, Obamacare, Congress, Colorado, Gop, Wyoming, Louisiana, Republican, Vox, Bill Cassidy, Huffington Post, Trump, 114th Congress, Denver Post, Gardner


What many Trump supporters believe about the promised elimination of the ACA

Photo: Matt Johnson via Flickr Many people who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act voted for Donald Trump, even though he promised to get rid of it and has not been crystal clear about what he would put in its place. Sarah Kliff of Vox traveled to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why. In that county, coverage dropped by 60 percent (from 25 percent in 2013 to 10 percent now, according to Enroll America). Yet, 82 percent of them voted for Trump. It turns out that they felt saf...
Tags: Health, Obamacare, Washington, Kentucky, Insurance, Affordable Care Act, Election, Vox, Donald Trump, ACA, Sarah, Trump, Matt Bevin, Health Care Reform, Bevin, Kynect


The Truth About the Post-Truth World (And Why Businesses Should Care)

  Continuing with a longstanding tradition, the Oxford Dictionary has chosen 2016’s word of the year: post-truth. Sound nonsensical? That’s actually kind of the point. Post-truth, according to Oxford, is, “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’” In a year punctuated by a bitter American election and mind-boggling Brexit vote, that sounds about right...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Facebook, Post, Design, Colorado, Marketing, US, Sales, Neuroscience, Research, Oxford, Emotions, Starbucks, Dc, Vox


Looking below the surface of those ‘outrageous hospital bill’ stories

Photo: RikkisRefuge Other via Flickr We may need a new hashtag to supplement #surprisemedbills. Perhaps #shockingmedbills would fit because some bills are just that. Recent coverage about a new mom in Utah who was charged $39.35 just to hold her newborn is a good example. Here are the details in a story by Branley Dodson, a reporter for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah: “A Spanish Fork family’s story has gone viral after they posted a picture of their son’s delivery bill online. Ryan Grassle...
Tags: Health, Utah, Insurance, Costs, Hospitals, United States, New York Times, Reddit, Vox, Billing, HARRIS, Provo, Provo Utah, Daily Herald, Ron Shinkman, Sarah Kliff


Get county-level data to report on competition in insurance marketplace

As large insurers, such as United Healthcare, Humana and Aetna, drop out of the Healthcare.gov marketplace, consumers are left with fewer and fewer choices, especially in certain geographic areas. Sarah Kliff, Sarah Frostenson and Soo Oh of Vox gathered the data to show us just how little competition there will be: “There are currently 687 counties on the Healthcare.gov marketplace with just one insurer signed up to sell in 2017 — nearly four times the 182 counties that had one insurer this yea...
Tags: Health, Tools, Marketplace, Obamacare, Obama, Healthcare, Affordable Care Act, Vox, Insurers, Health Care Reform, Aetna, Kliff, Health data, Joanne Kenen



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