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Part Two: What Gets in the Way?

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In recent years, social psychologists have developed a theory of cognitive dissonance. Rather than reflect on our opinions, we tend to confirm our initial bias. When we meet someone who disagrees, we spend time trying to prove them wrong rather than reassessing our initial thoughts. This class considers how difficult it is to maintain healthy skepticism in public debates and how we might reintroduce it into particularly thorny issues.

Production Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:00