TED speaker Steve Levitt, author of the best-selling Freakonomics, faced new accusations this past week that he’d made critical mistakes in his controversial claim that the main reason crime rates fell in the 90′s was because of the legalization of abortion in the 70′s. At his blog, he’s just posted a vigorous defence. The debate may be too technical for us mere lay-people, but it’s clear he’s not backing down.
Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together
In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in […]
Jennifer Healey remembers totaling her car as a teenager. She was cruising down the highway, when she noticed the brake lights on the car in front of her go on. She assumed the car was slowing down, but it came to a halting, abrupt stop. Healey, now a research scientist at Intel working on mobile […]