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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part II)

If, as I wrote last week, our minds are hardwired for connection and social knowledge, and yet many of the major forces in our society move us toward independence and suspicion of authority, what’s the way forward? At bedrock, it comes down to trust. And the funny thing about trust is, in order for...
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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part I)

If there is a silver lining to the deep political divisions affecting our country and much of the world, it’s that many of us are doing more serious political reflection, and engagement, than we have in the past. And we can do it with the help of advances in our scientific knowledge. Recently, I...
For whom are we responsible? Our answers drive our politics. Let's listen to each other.

What do we need? Big Questions! When do we need them? Now!

Here’s how divided we are: It isn’t just a question of alternative facts. It feels like we don’t even have questions we share anymore. Listen to two women quoted in an article by Sabrina Tavernese in the New York Times this week.

Empathy and Advocacy

Like many other Americans, I went to bed early on the morning of November 9, shocked at an election outcome virtually no one had predicted. I knew I would have a hard time falling asleep, even at 1 a.m., so I turned on the light to read. The night before I had finished volume two of Taylor Branch’s...