Us versus Them. How neurophilosophy explains our divided politics

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In divided times, neuroscience can help us to understand what motivates us Image: REUTERS/Vincent West

Nayef Al-Rodhan
Honorary Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University
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We identify someone as an outsider withing 170 thousandths of a second Image: REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
Mourners hold hands outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2015 a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at the historic African-American church in South Carolina. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Wednesday's attack as a hate crime, motivated by racism or other prejudice.
Discrimination still exists, but our brains don't doom us to be biased Image: REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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