The Courage of One’s Convictions Corrections

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Psychologists have raised doubts about whether we can reliably reason our way to true beliefs. Numerous studies suggest we’re prone to “motivated reasoning.” We sometimes argue against the facts due to unconscious goals that don’t aim at the truth. The New Yorker and Vox interviewed Brendan Nyhan and Dan Kahan, respectively, two researchers who study …

Treating Pets as Persons in Citizen Canine

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David Grimm, journalist and editor at Science, has published a book about our increasingly personal connection to our pets. This worthwhile read is called Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. A central theme is cats and dogs’ path to legal personhood. The book explores answers to two questions. Do cats and dogs …