On the psychological plausibility of prospective exercises (i.e. foresight/futures exercises etc.)

This post began as a research “memo” (written to myself as an entry in a reflective PhD journal) entitled “on psychological plausibility”. I was prompted to write it by a couple of pieces written by David Roberts on current debates about 100% renewable electricity and the feasibility of such goals (see link, link) and other …

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Going to extremes: Cass Sunstein on extremism, “crippled epistemology” and group polarisation

Back in 2009 American scholar Cass Sunstein published an important book entitled Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide. Drawing on group dynamics research he asserts that “some of the best and worst developments in social life are a product of group dynamics, in which members of organizations, both small and large, move …

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