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Can sending a postcard to eligible voters increase turnout?

A simple postcard can improve voter registration rates. Who knew?

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  • An experiment in getting more people to register to vote in Pennsylvania shows that a simple postcard can get big results.
  • Just mailing a reminder to those who were eligible to register increased registration rates by 15 percent.
  • The study is one of the first to seriously look at registration drives.
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Benedictus, Benedicat, per Jesum Christum, Dominum Nostrum. Amen.

Please be seated. It's dinner time in St Paul's College, Sydney, where I'm dean and head of house at Graduate House.

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Ancient Greeks devised a way to fight disinformation

Sophists used rhetoric and debate to arrive at practical truths.

  • Sophists were more interested in arriving at practical truths through rhetoric than an absolute Truth (Sophia).
  • Their techniques were heavily criticized by Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates.
  • Asha Rangappa and Jennifer Mercieca write that Sophist techniques are particularly useful for recognizing and fighting disinformation.
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Politics really do alter your perception of reality

According to Harvard economists, Democrats and Republicans both perceive reality very wrong.

  • A working paper by Harvard economists shows how political perceptions deform our understanding of otherwise verifiable facts.
  • Both Democrat and Republicans overestimate social mobility, underestimate the top tax bracket, and have no clue what's happening with foreign-born citizens.
  • The researchers hope their findings will help us understand how to intervene in the cycle of misinformation.
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    Politics is now a dating deal-breaker, according to new research

    A massive Dating.com study reveals just how important politics are in the dating world right now.

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    • According to a new survey from a popular dating website, 84 percent of people currently looking for a relationship through dating apps won't even consider dating someone with opposite political views.
    • Additionally, 67 percent of the dating site's users have admitted to previously ending a relationship due to opposing political views.
    • Licensed marriage therapist Dr. Gary Brown says that there is more "venom and animosity" now than there was during the Vietnam War.
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