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“The backfire effect”: another reason people still support Trump

I learn so much from reading the New York Times’ readers’ comments. Yesterday, in response to the usual thousands of plaintive, furious comments along the lines of “How does anyone still support this monstrosity?”, Mary, from Connecticut, wrote this: It’s … Continue reading

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Trump and US crime rates: a chasm between fact and fear-mongering

As the Brennan Center reports, crime rates in the U.S. remain at an historic low. Yet Trump continues his fact-free fear-mongering about crime. And apparently the Trump Base still gets excited by the dumb horror movie he’s scripted. Why? I … Continue reading

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I got issues: why did some people vote for Trump? A summary

Let’s summarize what we’ve learned from my very own digest of some socio-neuro studies attempting to pin down why people might have voted for Trump: The Dunning-Kruger Effect.┬áThis one was fun, wasn’t it? Because once a writer, i.e., me, got … Continue reading

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