This week we talk about a known bug in the human brain called the Fundamental Attribution error, and why insisting on ideological purity is a mistake. The answer to complexity isn’t to shut it out or deny it; it’s to develop our capacity for handling it:
- The Folly of Purity Politics is an interview with Alexis Shotwell, author of a new book called Against Purity. She argues that purity isn’t an attainable goal for anyone, and our attention is better spent on trying to understand and navigate the real-world complexity around us (hat tip to Lisa Rokusek for sharing this)
- Ideological purity is verrrrrrrry close to fundamentalism, and here is an interview where Issac Asimov talks about the danger of it
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