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Prominent Claims that Policing is Not Racially Biased Rest on Flawed Science

Dean Knox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, and Jonathan Mummolo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, , UCS

Following George Floyd’s killing and ensuing social unrest, policing has ascended to the top of the nation’s political agenda. Yet many politicians and pundits dismiss concerns over systemic racial bias in policing, with some calling it a “myth.” These claims rest on deeply flawed science that has nonetheless been circulated widely and uncritically by major news outlets that span the political spectrum. Read more >

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Human Nature and Creeping Environmental Threats

Kenny Broad, Professor, Marine Affairs and Policy
, , UCS

To state the obvious, rare events don’t occur frequently. While this is good in the case of large-scale natural hazards, it may increase our vulnerability in the long run. But why do uncommon events increase our likelihood of taking unnecessary risks, and how do we overcome our own cognitive predispositions? Read more >

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