People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast

Are some political party stances due to randomness and chance?, with Michael Macy

November 06, 2020 Zachary Elwood Episode 29
People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast
Are some political party stances due to randomness and chance?, with Michael Macy
Show Notes

An interview with Dr. Michael Macy of Cornell University, who has done research on "opinion cascades," showing that some political party stances on specific issues may be rather arbitrary, the result of initial conditions and how early influencers staked out political positions. This means that some stances that are strongly associated with a certain political party could just as easily be associated more with the opposite political party. 

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