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Hull is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability http://cligs.vt.edu/

Charlottesville and Confirmation Bias

Because I’ve previously written about confirmation bias, I was asked by my university’s communication office if I thought it explained anything related to the tragedy in Charlottesville where violence erupted at a march for white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Alt-Right. Question: … Continue reading

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Collaborate, Fight, or Move?

The rise of urban independence and the devolution of authority from nation to locales provides a glimpse into a possible future that bridges political divides. Continue reading

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Why India Matters

India is becoming the most consequential country in history (again). Over a million people a month are joining its workforce. Almost as many are moving into its cities. The bulge in educated and motivated people provides a “demographic dividend” with … Continue reading

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What Will You Do After Marching for Science?

Marching for science is worse than preaching to the choir. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t March for Science

Marching might do more harm than good if it makes scientist feel they have done enough and are excused to go back to their labs and books. Continue reading

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A Path Through Trump’s Minefield

Our rational, wonkish, scientific explanations are completely counterproductive. Continue reading

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The End of Expertise: And Why That Is A Giant Problem for the Anthropocene

The impacts of confirmation bias, identity protecting reasoning, and information access are combining to undermine rationality, expertise, and ultimately threaten democracy. Continue reading

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Population is Not the Problem

The “population bomb” narrative is problematic for sustainable development professionals and advocates. Continue reading

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Can This Old Lefty Find Common Ground with Trump?

I stand left of center on most every issue. I’m not the yoga practicing, opera attending, bird watching lefty Garrison Keillor describes, but I do commute by bicycle, use my passport, and stock my shelves with books. If we lefties … Continue reading

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We Marched. I Cried.

I was in tears; many times. Tears of depression flowed because the nation had come to this: so mucked up. Tears of inspiration flowed because so many people, so willing, so motivated, so bright—such energy knows no limits. Tears of … Continue reading

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