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The Psychology of Tribalism & Social Media

Opinion | The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

The deep distrust of media and scientific elites has its origin in old-time religion.

Opinion | How to Escape From Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism

If you don’t think right-wing politics should dominate Christian life, where can you find the right congregation?

The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

4 TED Talks Every Marketer Should Watch in 2017

As someone with a product to market, these skills are definitely worth cultivating in 2017. Check out these examples of TED talks worth watching.

Social Media Looks Like the New Opiate of the Masses

Researchers have found some troubling parallels with addictive drugs.

Social Media Looks Like the New Opiate of the Masses

Researchers have found some troubling parallels with addictive drugs.

Can Our Democracy Survive Tribalism?

Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we could overcome. And so it has become our greatest vulnerability.

tribalism Archive

See an archive of all tribalism stories.

The Psychology of Tribalism

Our polarized, group-oriented politics is thousands of years in the making.

‘Never Trump’ Conservatives Won’t Save Us

They dislike Trump because of who he is, not what he has done.

The Forrest Gump of the Internet

Ev Williams became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web. Now, he’s betting against it.

Opinion | As Population Growth Slows, Populism Surges

As rural areas shrink, they are turning to politicians who promise to restore the stature of “common people.”

Why America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy

To restore our democracy after Trump, we will need to reduce the material inequalities that were eroding popular sovereignty long before his rise.

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Roger Berkowitz reviews Hannah Arendt’s landmark “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” framing the book within the context of contemporary politics.

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Roger Berkowitz reviews Hannah Arendt’s landmark “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” framing the book within the context of contemporary politics.

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Roger Berkowitz reviews Hannah Arendt’s landmark “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” framing the book within the context of contemporary politics.

WATCH: Yale historian explains the terrifying purpose of Trump supporters' angry chants

Trump supporters who attend his rallies regularly break out into angry chants ranging from “Build that wall” to “Lock her up” to “CNN sucks,” among others. Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe and America,” says that there is a direct line between these angry chants and the rituals that fascist dictators have used to build and maintain support among their citizens. “This is going to be …

What You’re Really Arguing About When You Argue About Politics

Are our motives and beliefs just convenient lies we tell ourselves? A new book by the controversial economist Robin Hanson argues they are.