A Productive Look is a blog by Jas Johl, a women's policy expert with a degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University and a passion to share ideas about women's policy advances.

When did astrology become our irrationality of choice?

When did astrology become our irrationality of choice?

"Slumped in the fabric, we’re introduced to a smart woman who self-identifies as a hipster psychic and the daughter of a boomer psychic. We ask her what the difference is. Young people, she tells us, are more flexible with their master narratives. Their political commitments are different from their parents’, and they don’t believe in fate. When she reads a tarot spread or an astrological chart, she knows what she sees are just symbols, open to interpretation. Her task is to show which interpretations are open to interpretation. They’re all, she says, “just tools.”

BUT TOOLS FOR WHAT? Self-knowledge? Astrology relies so heavily on confirmation bias—the odds that you’ll identify enough with your sign to overlook its contradictions — that it’s hard to imagine getting anything out of it that you didn’t have going in. A better question might be why people like it, or whether it’s a problem to subscribe to something in which you don’t believe."

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The Relationship Between Personality & Personal Traits

The Relationship Between Personality & Personal Traits

When American women run for office, they win at about the same rate as men

When American women run for office, they win at about the same rate as men