A Philosopher’s Trick to Get People to Change Their Minds (Quartz)

ArguingSeventeenth-century philosopher Blaise Pascal developed a theory 350 years ago that is now backed up by psychologists. To convince people to change their minds, you must understand your opposition’s viewpoint. Rather than explicitly challenge someone’s argument, first point out ways in which you agree. People will lower their defenses and feel less offended when they are supported, as well as when they arrive to conclusions on their own accord. Learn more.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on Being a Mainstream American Comic (Washington Post)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 debuted his latest comedy album, “Mainstream American Comic,” this summer. The Washington Post discusses how race, social justice, and whiteness inform the comedian’s routines.

“I don’t like being niched as a South Asian comic, man,” he says. “The values I have, the search for justice, that’s not a niche thing.” Kondabolu navigates the delicate worlds of race and comedy with a frankness that unsettles yet educates audiences.