Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think


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Harper Wave
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Andy Norman directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. He studies how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding. Then he develops tools that help people think together in more fruitful ways. He's done research on the evolutionary origins of human reasoning and the norms that make dialogue fruitful. He works to clarify the foundations of responsible thinking about what matters, and likes to engage audiences on topics related to science and human values.In Mental Immunity, Andy lays out the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology--the emerging science of mental immune health. He's currently testing a "mind vaccine"--a way to inoculate minds against the worst forms of ideological contagion.


"A fascinating, lively, and deeply thought-provoking read. First rate!"--Lee McIntyre, author of Post-Truth
Andrew Norman's writing is lively, creative, and playful, while its all-important focus never wavers.--Rebecca Goldstein, MacArthur Fellow
Andy Norman's thought-provoking book comes at just the right time--when the failure of reasoned public debate threatens the very future of the country.--Jeffrey Tayler, author of Topless Jihadis
"A splendid idea for a book: original, controversial, and timely."--Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now
"Andy Norman tackles the world's most pressing problem with engaging writing, steely logic, and deep historical and scientific knowledge."--Clay Farris Naff, The Humanist magazine