Summary of Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas

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Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas book summary
Legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein offers thoughtful, worthy essays on conspiracies, animal rights, government and climate.


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Legal scholar and former Obama administration official Cass R. Sunstein’s essays provide insight into a variety of issues, including conspiracy theories, climate change, animal rights and a form of Obama’s “New Progressivism” that urges a less-ambitious role for government. Conservatives bash Sunstein, now a Harvard professor, as a big-government liberal, but he presents measured, nuanced views on public policy. He acknowledges that spending too much time with only like-minded people leads both liberals and conservatives into extremism, and explains why people savor conspiracy theories. Sunstein’s writing style is engaging, though his often-strong opinions sometimes dissipate or disappear, as in a rudderless chapter on climate change. getAbstract recommends his intelligent essays to students of government, policy makers, those interested in animal rights or cognitive science, and corporate leaders seeking insight into decision making.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why conspiracy theories persist
  • How your brain processes risk
  • Why animals deserve more legal protection
  • What “New Progressivism” believes


Conspiracy Theories
Everyone loves a conspiracy theory. This frustrating but fascinating reality reveals a lot about how people process information and reach conclusions. Decades after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many theorize that the US Central Intelligence Agency orchestrated...
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About the Author

Law professor Cass R. Sunstein directs Harvard’s Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. From 2009 to 2012, he ran the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

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    Diego Oliveira 2 years ago
    Very important to every people to understand our natural tendency in creating conspiracy theories from every major problem on our society.

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