Understanding the Trump victory: “It’s the amygdala, stupid.”

Ever since Trump’s implausible victory, experts have been scrambling to explain the ties that created his winning coalition. For all practical purposes, American presidential elections are binary – pitting one Republican nominee against a Democrat nominee. It sounds simple enough. Members of each party elect delegates that choose a candidate to represent them and a … More Understanding the Trump victory: “It’s the amygdala, stupid.”

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Cell phones dominate our existence and gave us Trump and the insurrection

Imagine it’s a quiet evening and you’re watching TV with a close friend and someone starts banging on your door. You get up and open it a crack and you think you recognize the man as a distant acquaintance. He pushes open the door and starts arguing with you about politics. Even though you barely … More Cell phones dominate our existence and gave us Trump and the insurrection

A failure of Janusian thinking – I simply do not understand the thinking of a Trump voter.

I believe there is value in trying to understand how a person has a different position than yours, but try as I can, I have been unable to understand the diversity of Trump’s base and their zealous commitment to him. I have tried to understand the thought process that brings them to believe in things … More A failure of Janusian thinking – I simply do not understand the thinking of a Trump voter.

How to understand Trump and his base? Begin by dismissing facts as neither absolute nor relevant.

I must confess that I’m growing weary of hearing Trump’s critics expressing their incredulity at his actions. The refrain from this group is that Trump’s actions are irrational and are almost always at odds with the facts. I couldn’t agree more, but at some point, it’s important to understand that no amount of fact checking … More How to understand Trump and his base? Begin by dismissing facts as neither absolute nor relevant.

Dear President Obama – Thank you for those long answers.

I don’t think I’ve ever done more than a single posting in a day, but today will be an exception. This morning, I opined about how fear and emotion instead of logic and reason persuaded enough voters to give us a president elect Trump. I blamed the amygdala.[1] A key point of that post was … More Dear President Obama – Thank you for those long answers.

The four reasons for America’s gun mania

It would be hard to argue that America is NOT the undisputed leader in passion for owning firearms. This passion is reflected by the fact that America has the highest gun ownership of any country with 89 guns for every 100 citizens.[1] Contrast this figure with Russia having nine guns per 100 citizens and Pakistan’s … More The four reasons for America’s gun mania