I study how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding. Then I develop tools that help people reason together in more fruitful ways.
In my book Mental Immunity, I lay out the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology—the emerging science of mental immune health. I'm currently testing a “mind vaccine”—a way to inoculate minds against infectious ideas.
I also direct the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and write for national magazines. I enjoy engaging audiences on topics related to science and human values.
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