Encouraging moderation: clues from a simple model of ideological conflict.

@article{Marvel2012EncouragingMC,
  title={Encouraging moderation: clues from a simple model of ideological conflict.},
  author={Seth A. Marvel and H. Hong and Anna Papush and S. Strogatz},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 11},
  pages={
          118702
        }
}
Some of the most pivotal moments in intellectual history occur when a new ideology sweeps through a society, supplanting an established system of beliefs in a rapid revolution of thought. Yet in many cases the new ideology is as extreme as the old. Why is it then that moderate positions so rarely prevail? Here, in the context of a simple model of opinion spreading, we test seven plausible strategies for deradicalizing a society and find that only one of them significantly expands the moderate… Expand
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