sociology Archive

Using the science of group conflict to understand Trump's campaign

In Five Beliefs That Propel Groups Toward Conflict, published in American Psychologist, a pair of researchers lay out the five beliefs that, when transmitted by leaders to their followers, creates a “group conflict” that propels the group forward. The five beliefs are: 1. Confidence in one’s superiority 2. Claims of unjust treatment 3. Fears of vulnerability 4. Distrust …

Sapiens author says the uncoupling of intelligence and consciousness means the end of humanity

Image: Penguin One of my favorite books last year (and this year, because I’m re-reading it) was Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, an immensely readable history of the myths humans have invented in order to survive in tribes of millions and billions of people. Those myths include religion, money, politics, corporations, laws, and morality. Harari’s follow-up book is, Homo …