Cass R. Sunstein

For Cass R. Sunstein's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Why extremism loves company

Commentary / World Sep 5, 2014

Why extremism loves company

Most violent extremists are not poor and do not lack education. But psychological experiments suggest that it's a matter of extremism loving company, and that participation in group decision-making tends to strengthen and polarize people's views.

Commentary / World May 23, 2014

How easy is it to indoctrinate students? Easy

Research from the University of Munich shows that it wasn't so hard for China's government to get high school students to believe that it is trustworthy, committed to the rule of law, and that free markets are a big problem.

Commentary / World Mar 21, 2014

There's a conspiracy theory wherever you look

Whether it's Ukraine, the National Security Agency, assassinations of national leaders, recent economic crises, the authorship of Shakespeare's plays — some people jump at the chance to connect a bunch of dots to support a relevant conspiracy theory. Why is that?

Commentary / World Feb 24, 2014

Pope warns of hazards in browsing 'God's gift'

Pope Francis rightly warns that although the variety of opinions being aired over the Web can be seen as helpful, it also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information that only confirm their own ideas.