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We are hardwired to censor what’s unfamiliar. <p>Our brains’ first response to difference is not curiosity but fear or scorn. In a mid-20th century experiment called “<a href=”https://www.simplypsychology.org/robbers-cave.html” target=”_blank”>Robber’s Cave</a>,” researchers brought together two demographically identical groups of boys, randomly sorted them into two groups, gave them each a few days to form bonds within their “tribes,” and then kicked off a baseball competition. The boys quickly started generalizing about the other team and drawing distinctions that didn’t exist.</p><p>Even absent any particular reason to be in disagreement, the experiment reveals that people are primed to sort into ‘in’ groups and ‘out’ groups. In the spectacle that politics can be at times, we can see how easy it is for Americans to fall into this trap. The tendency is not unique to any one political tribe. Recent research by the Cato Institute <a href=”https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/survey-reports/topline/cato-free-speech-tolerance-toplines.pdf” target=”_blank”>found</a> at least one thing the left and the right agree on. They both want to silence someone, they just disagree on who.</p><p>In light of all this, what we’ve witnessed in recent months may not feel surprising but is troubling nonetheless. Other examples are readily available from both sides of the aisle: elected and appointed leaders <a href=”https://www.newsweek.com/protesters-confront-senator-mitch-mcconnell-kentucky-restaurant-1180129″ target=”_blank”>shouted out of restaurants</a>, journalists <a href=”https://www.thewrap.com/ny-times-reporter-receives-threatening-voicemail-the-pen-is-not-mightier-than-the-ak-47-audio/” target=”_blank”>receiving death threats</a>, and bombs <a href=”https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/george-soros-n-y-home-targeted-explosive-device-authorities-say-n923196″ target=”_blank”>sent in the mail to public figures</a> villainized by radical activists. Relying on intimidation to silence people goes beyond censorship. It’s abhorrent.</p>

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Now take that tendency and add in the emerging digital landscape. <p>The same technology that has made it possible to connect people instantly across great distances can also compound our divisional instincts. A recent study <a href=”http://www.pnas.org/content/115/37/9216″ target=”_blank”>found</a> that when individuals confront different perspectives online, the new information further entrenches their existing beliefs and increases skepticism

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