Beyond Reason: Morality, Polarization, and the Communication of Climate Change
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This paper describes cognitive tendencies when people are confronted with politically polarized issues of high moral salience. It argues that political polarization is a result of a combination of group-preferring biases and the emotional basis of the human moral system. Suggestions for how to transcend political polarization and communicate effectively are then offered, specifically for the issue of climate change. The paper’s motivation is to work towards conveying the urgency of action to mitigate the severity of climate change to the general public.