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01 Dec 0 Comment

Negativity Bias: “As a Man Thinketh” and “Pollyanna”

By Rosemary Smith, Getting Better Foundation, Managing Director <BR> “When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act,” Says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Time 100’s Awards. “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.” One of the v


20 Nov 0 Comment

We All Have Misperceptions

By Joe Phelps, Getting Better Foundation, founder As mentioned in Matt Ridley’s recent blog: The late, Hans Rosling, asked 1000 people: “Has the percentage of the world population that lives in extreme poverty (a) halved, (b) doubled, or (c) stayed the same in the past 20 years?” Only 5 per cent got the right answer that it had halved; 65 per cent thought it had doubled. Rosling pointed out that if he wrote the three answers on three bananas and threw them to a chimpanzee, it would pick up the right answer 33 per cent of the time, doing six times as well as human beings at answering a q


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18 Oct 0 Comment

The Case for Scientific Humanism

By: Michael Shermer, advisor, friend of Getting Better Foundation In the April 2001 issue of Scientific American, I began this column with an entry entitled “Colorful Pebbles and Darwin’s Dictum,” inspired by the British naturalist’s remark that “all observation must be for or against some view, if it is to be of any service.” Charles Darwin penned this comment in a letter addressing those critics who accused him of being too theoretical in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species. They insisted that he should just let the facts speak for themselves. Darwin knew that science is an


10 Sep 0 Comment

WHAT WE SAY MATTERS

By Belinha De Abreu, PhD., author, researcher, friend of The Getting Better Foundation We live in troubling times.  The news in the past months have shown how conflicted our world is and how disconnected we are despite being the most technologically connected ever. In my opinion, it has made the need for media literacy education vital along with civics literacy and communication skills. Why? Because what we say matters. It matters when information is shared online.  It matters when facts are mixed with opinions. It matters when people perceive history erroneously. It matters when people do