We need to follow great advice to be independent thinkers.
When do we see the blessings in front of us, and when do we miss them? Or, conversely, when do we see the problems in front of us, and when do we miss those?
Dr. Michael Shermer and Rabbi Mitelman discuss the balance of skepticism and understanding we must bring to people whose viewpoints seem puzzling to us.
Rabbi Mitelman and Tania Lombrozo, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, discuss how our brains latch onto and reject facts, and what that has to do with belief.
The psychological need for understanding the world is joined by two other needs that underlie conspiracism—feeling safe, and belonging to social groups that affirm or encourage self-respect.
There is a unique danger of data wonkishness: putting so much stock in scientific abstractions that reality itself becomes invisible.
Some truths are true because they are the stories that shape our perspective on the world. Torah is the inspiration for, and the vessel that holds, this Truth.
CNN anchor Dana Bash spoke at Congregation Shir Hadash, in the heart of Silicon Valley, about how her Judaism influenced her journalistic work, as well as how the advent of social media has changed how we talk to one another.
It is ok for people to have disagreements – on politics, on faith, on religion, on leadership. But we need to understand how to be in dialogue with one another.
A conversation between Joshua Holo and Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman on Truths, Untruths and the Problem of Perspective.