Re: Why can't we all just get along? No I'm really asking.
The first thing I thought of was group polarization. Variation exists between the human race, variation in ideas (as this website so demonstrates). As people meet others who have similar ideas, they gradually shift to extremes. It's social psychology. Extremes meet other extremes, and they are, of course, unable to come to compromise. This leads to misunderstanding, disinformation, ignorance, and eventually violence. That violence continues and is unable to abate because the original extremes never come to compromise.
Also, the stratification of people across the globe may have contributed to this extremism.
And I'm sure white people had something to do with it. "Heart of Darkness," anyone?
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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