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What we believe about belief itself

14 October 2016

What makes us stand up and advocate for what we believe? Whether denouncing the tyranny of taxation or making a plea for the necessity of universal health care, we’re surely driven by our conviction and the urgency of the situation.

But how about what we believe ABOUT belief itself, whether it is fixed or malleable?

New work discussed on our Research Digest blog untangles a number of previously invisible effects of belief and human nature and suggests that our motivation to advocate our beliefs depends on a combination of how we view the purpose of this advocacy, and our beliefs about human certainty.

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