The Brain Science of Political Deception in the 2016 Election

Caption: Head with brain and puzzle pieces (Geralt/Pixabay) Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. ________________________________________________________________ How did Donald Trump win, when he used so many misleading statements and outright deception? Couldn’t people see through them? As an expert in brain science, I want to share why his followers fell for his [Read More…]

The Danger to Atheists of Political Irrationality

  Caption: Meme created by Ed Coolidge for Intentional Insights (Used with permission)   Atheists in the U.S. cover the entire spectrum of political views, despite the assumption that to be an Atheist means to be a left-wing liberal. No matter who you voted for or how much you were impressed or disgusted by the [Read More…]

A Weird American in Trump’s Post-Truth America

Caption: Truth and lies (Open Clipart-Vectors, Pixabay) This article is also available in: Russian ________________________________________________________________ It is an undeniable fact that Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Yet a part of me refuses to accept that reality. On the one hand, I love this country for its freedom and democracy, and [Read More…]

The Science of Solving Alternative Facts

Caption: Image of CNN with quote from Kellyanne Conway saying “Spicer gave alternative facts on crowd size (NBC/This Morning)___________________________________________________________________ I shuddered, horrified to the depths of my soul when Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway presented the Trump administration’s false claims as “alternative facts” in a January 22nd interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” She [Read More…]

How Science Can Help Truth Triumph Over Baseless Accusations

Caption: Trump and Obama graphic (Wikimedia Commons) Regardless of their political affiliation, most who follow politics in any depth easily dismissed Donald Trump’s series of grave Twitter accusations on March 4 that Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped before the 2016 election. Trump offered no evidence for his wiretapping claims, but instead used inflammatory language [Read More…]

Collaborative Truth-Seeking Instead of Debates

Caption: Arguing people (Kick-ads, used with permission)________________________________________________________________We frequently use debates to resolve different opinions about the truth. However, debates are not always the best course for figuring out the truth. In more emotionally charged situations, the technique of collaborative truth-seeking is often better. The Problem with Debates The usual method of hashing out disagreements in [Read More…]

Towards a Pro-Truth Future

Caption: Trumpocchio Head of Donald Trump ___________________________________________________________________ DONALD TRUMP is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting [Read More…]

About Gleb

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me! I am an Openly Secular activist for reason whose primary vocation is helping people, organizations, and our society as a whole avoid disaster through science-based decision-making and emotional and social intelligence.   Poor decision-making is one of the worst and most damaging problems facing us as [Read More…]