Random links

Jeff Sessions just criticized university safe spaces. But conservatives want their own safe spaces too.
Often seemingly-dissimilar groups behave in similar ways.
Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime
Could broken-windows policing do more harm than good?
Love Thy Neighbor? Ethnoracial Diversity and Trust Reexamined
"According to recent research, ethnoracial diversity negatively affects trust and social capital. This article challenges the current conception ... the association between diversity and self-reported trust is a compositional artifact attributable to residential sorting: nonwhites report lower trust and are overrepresented in heterogeneous communities. ... classic indicators of inequality, not diversity, strongly and consistently predict self-reported trust."
Are Misperceptions of Certainty Making Political Discussions Difficult?
"our research indicates that people underestimate the certainty of those they disagree with." More on the pros and cons of attempting to correct this.

On abandoning assumptions

To quote Rory Sutherland:

I don't think there's any huge amount of intelligence required to look at the world through different lenses. The difficulty lies in that you have to abandon four or five assumptions about the world simultaneously. That's what probably makes it difficult.

Random links

Can War Foster Cooperation?
"while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement. We discuss, synthesize and reanalyze the emerging body of evidence, and weigh alternative explanations. There is some indication that war violence especially enhances in-group or “parochial” norms and preferences, a finding that, if true, suggests that the rising social cohesion we document need not promote broader peace"
In Vaccines we Trust? The Effects of Anti-vaccine Propaganda on Immunization: Evidence from Pakistan
"In July 2011, the Pakistani public unexpectedly learnt that the CIA had conducted a fake vaccination campaign as part of the operations to capture Osama Bin Laden. This episode was extensively used by Taliban groups to discredit the health system and vaccination campaigns." Should you be surprised that vaccination rates there dropped? Probably not.
Natural Disasters by Location: Rich Leave and Poor Get Poorer
Seems to me that this applies to a lot more than just natural disasters.

Marcus Aurelius on escaping insanity

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. - Marcus Aurelius


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