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Why the middle is neglected in politics

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When people talk about the political spectrum, it's often in reference to "opposite sides." Whether the sides are "conservatives versus liberals," "Republicans versus Democrats," or "left versus right," the center is rarely included—and can be actively excluded, according to Santa Fe Institute research published this week in the journal PLOS ONE.

In the paper, mathematician Vicky Chuqiao Yang, sociologist Tamara van der Does, and cognitive scientist Henrik Olsson mathematically model how people categorize each other along a spectrum. The foundational hypothesis of their work comes from cognitive psychology and assumes that when people form categories it's to tell each other apart as accurately as possible.

Phys Org

Falling through the cracks: Modeling the formation of social category boundaries

Open Access at PLOS One

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John from Lowell

The middle is neglected in politics because they are more open minded and rational. It is easier to motivate those locked into rigid ways of thinking.



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