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David Berreby on identity politics

jacket imageEspecially in an election year, we sort sort ourselves into distinct social groups. But exactly how do we make those choices, and what external factors might affect our decision making process? To find out more about the associating and polarizing power of politics, science writer John Horgan conducted a timely interview last week with David Berreby, author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity for In the interview Berreby discusses several issues particularly relevant to the upcoming elections including “reality and illusion in racial concepts” and “McCain’s failure to exploit identity politics,” among other topics.
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