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Trust, Facts and the Post-Truth Political Moment

As a species, humans are ever in search of data that confirm what they want to believe, what they already believe. The inclination to do this is particularly strong in times of division and dispute, when society seems to lack reliable authority figures in various fields. And Americans are plainly living in such a moment now.

Have You Ever Been Wrong?

Partisanship shapes our attitudes, probably much more than we like to admit. Many of us aren’t nearly as independent-minded as we like to think.