A new research paper by Thomas Kelly at Princeton University entitled "Disagreement, Dogmatism, and Belief Polarization" published inThe Journal of Philosophy focuses on belief polarization and adds even more insight into how fickle our brains are. Among other things, Kelly points out that the timing of when we learn something matters:
“What I believe depends on the temporal order in which I encounter two opposing pieces of evidence. Thus, I can end up with diametrically opposed views, despite having been exposed to the same evidence. The only difference is the order in which I received it.”
Experts in management consulting, education, and technology are all pointing to clear evidence that relationship skills are becoming increasingly important as more and more jobs are automated. This article in Forbes magazine discusses research highlighting two essential sets of skills needed for success in today’s workforce: digital literacy and relationship skills.
"Better Angels is a citizen’s organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America." With members and representatives in communities all around the United States, the organization offers free skills workshops and many resources to foster local working groups. A wealth of information is on their website, including ways to get involved.
On November 2, 2018, Munk Debates hosted a debate between Steve Bannon and David Frum on The Rise of Populism. Steve Bannon is a “populist conservative” and David Frum is an “establishment conservative.” In other words, they are both conservative but they have vastly different perspectives on what that means.
The Munk Debates are held twice a year in Toronto. These are high-quality debates that can be watched in real time or anytime thereafter.