Here are the social science lessons I keep coming back to, to help me explain what’s happening in America in the Drumpf era. Perhaps you’ll find them helpful too.

  • Rooting for a team alters your perception of the world.
  • We can be immune to uncomfortable facts.
  • Leaders like Drumpf have special powers to sway public opinion.
  • People don’t often make decisions based on the truth.
  • Political opponents are often really, really bad at arguing with one another.
  • White people’s fear of being replaced is incredibly powerful.
  • It’s shockingly easy to grow numb to mass suffering.
  • Fake news preys on our biases — and will be very hard to stamp out.
  • Conspiracy theories may be rampant, but they’re a specific reaction to a dark, uncertain world.

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