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Adventuresome Civility: The Brave Work of Finding Common Ground

  This season is brimming with questions of who we are to each other — how we should relate to each other in the spaces and time we share. You’ve heard the buzzwords to describe America’s condition — polarized, divided, a widening spectrum. You may have also heard pleas from leaders, or even your own friends and family, for civil discourse. This season is brimming with questions of who we are to each other — how we should relate to each other in the spaces…

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How Much Do Our Words Matter?

Although we have always known it intuitively, science has confirmed the tremendous power our words have on ourselves, communities, and the world. In fact, words can literally shape the material world. The words we speak not only reflect, but shape our thoughts, and our thoughts shape the physical structure of our brains. An NPR interview between host Ira Flatow and science writer Sharon Begley, “Can Thoughts and Action Change Our Brains?” revealed how findings in neuroplasticity suggest the way we think can not only change…

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The Logical Approach: Learning to Disagree Agreeably

Imagine a group of friends gathered around a table — eating, talking, and enjoying one another’s company. As these friends discuss life, their conversation turns to politics and they quickly discover they hold different views on particular policy issues. But instead of descending into a heated exchange or changing the subject, the friends begin to respectfully discuss and debate the merits and weaknesses of each position. Although this scenario may seem unlikely in the emotionally charged political climate we are living in today, PLNU’s Speech…

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