Bass Connections Faculty Team Member. How to Cure Political Polarization by Asking Questions. 2018 - 2019

Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Education & Human Development

Incivility and antagonism infect our political and online cultures. One promising remedy is to construct a culture of questioning, where people ask and answer questions about each other’s views and reasons instead of parodying and abusing each other. Most people today discuss controversial moral and political issues only among like-minded allies who do not press challenging questions. When we do ask opponents about their views, the answers are often slogans and quips that entrench stands, antagonize opponents and exacerbate disagreements. Luckily, some recent studies suggest that people who are regularly called upon to answer the right kinds of questions will exhibit greater intellectual humility and be more likely to participate constructively in public discussions. But which questions are the right questions for encouraging mutual appreciation and understanding?

Service Performed By


  • Bass Connections Faculty Team Member


  • 2018 - 2019

Service or Event Name

  • How to Cure Political Polarization by Asking Questions