Fruitless conversations

Off the Beat

This moment with my cousin was memorable and valuable for both of us because these interactions with “the other side” are becoming fewer and fewer. The instant that we identify whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican, we often stop listening as we expect to learn nothing.
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Science should be nonpartisan, inform government policy

Science must be nonpartisan and tangibly inform political decision making. Scientists of both parties are obligated to model the nonpartisan nature of science, to ensure that these decisions are made with bipartisan engagement and uncompromised scientific support.
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Quiz: Should you engage in a political debate on Facebook?

Ah, yes. Facebook. Once a friendship-starter, now a friendship-ender — and today’s hotspot for heated, political debate. From the protests over Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled campus appearance last Wednesday to Trump’s (recently blocked) travel ban, engaging in political discussion here at UC Berkeley isn’t so simple anymore. While it can be incredibly
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An election of firsts

The first time I remember identifying as a Democrat was the 2008 presidential election. My dad was a Democrat, so, as a 9-year-old, obviously I was a Democrat. As most people my age, I look back to 2008 as a year
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