Monthly Archives: August 2020

What if half the country’s in a cult (and doesn’t know it)?

How can you tell if you’ve accidentally signed up for a cult? One sign is that you’re so enthusiastically opposed to the U.S. presidential candidates besides the one you prefer that you’re no longer living up to the “reflective” ideal … Continue reading

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Three relationships with our collective stories: Authority, democracy, and the big yawn

Last week, I showed that giving people the facts not only won’t make them listen, it all too often makes them double-down and get even more entrenched in their beliefs. Understandably, this is frustrating! This week I’m going to share … Continue reading

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A farewell to facts

A childhood friend, who is now a retired journalist and journalism professor, posted this cartoon on Facebook recently: (Original source) A few hours earlier, another childhood friend had posted something to Facebook – something political – with so many factual … Continue reading

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A species caught up in stories

Science fiction novelist Becky Chambers described my book topic very well, in her most recent Wayfarers novel, Record of a Spaceborn Few. The characters are humans, many generations after a greatly damaged Earth had been left behind. Here, an archivist … Continue reading

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