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Saturday, April 20, 2019

New Scientific American Post on The Polarized Mind by Schneider & Fatemi

Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind  

By Kirk J. Schneider and Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
Scientific American, April 16, 2019

Scientific American has published Dr.'s Kirk J. Schneider and Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi recent article in the Observastions blog about the current pervasive threat the Polarized Mind has to the today's more and more divided societies, around the world, and how, to counter it, they are calling "for a mobilization of mindfulness practices and dialogue groups on the scale of a public works program for human civility."  Schneider and Fatemi outline the polarized mind as "the fixation on a single point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view." This fixation, with it's basis in fear and anxiety, is causing strife within varied societies across the globe preventing bitterly divided groups from finding common ground. The authors present mindfulness as one of the key counters to the polarized mind and they also outline how dialogue groups, like the Better Angels, can provide opportunities for moving beyond divisive attitudes and extremist positions. Read more in the article: "Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind" by Schneider and Fatemi on the Scientific American website.