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more values and share legitimate
concerns about common issues. Try
to find and focus on the common
ground between opposing parties.
Drop 'anti-science' from
Never say someone is "antiscience." Everyone is pro-science,
when it supports their position, and
anti-science, when it doesn't back
their view. Some people are more
scientific or analytical than others,
but accusing someone of being antiscience is the same as calling them
a "bonehead," Haspel said, and it
won't further the discussion.
Vet your sources
Along with acknowledging and
examining biases, it's necessary
to recognize personal sources of
information and understand the
biases inherent in those sources.
Ask: Is my media landscape made
up of similar people saying the
same thing about a given controversial issue or is it populated by
different people with diverse opinions? Does my news come from
one source or several?
Reach across the aisle
The most important concept is
to reach across the aisle. Be in the
same room with people who disagree, she said.
"Talk to them. Listen to them.
Find out what they do in their spare
time. Look past what you believe
them to be wrong about to try and
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understand the values that underlie those positions," Haspel said.
"Because you might find that they're
not so different from your own. And
ultimately facts don't persuade people, but people persuade people." ■