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CRAMMING FOR THE MIDTERMS: WHY VOTING IS IRRATIONAL (AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT)
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The science behind why our politics got so insane (and what we can do about it). This is a series about the fundamental principles of social and political life. If you’re looking for a rundown of “he-said,” “she-said” analyses, or a bunch of talking heads talking past each other on today’s top issues, you’re in the wrong place. Instead, we share some of the deepest social science findings behind how everything got so fucked. You’ll leave with a new lens to understand the news – and how to use it for good. It’s string theory for the midterm elections. SHOW #4: Why Voting is Irrational (and what to do about it) Strip away the electoral college and the two-party system and voting still makes no sense. No one’s individual vote counts, really, but many people do it. Are we better than science thinks we are? What works for getting out the vote? And how do we keep discouragement at bay? This is a 5-event series leading up to the midterm elections: you can come to single events or get a series pass (5 shows for $50). Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:00pm Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Series Pass (5 events): $50 Events are 21+ Venue is mixed seating and standing-room: arrive early to get a good seat! OTHER EVENTS IN THE SERIES: Why democracy is f*cked (and what to do about it) 8/14 How we got so polarized (and what to do about it) 9/19 How we got so biased (and what to do about it) 10/10 Exam Study Session (We can’t possibly predict what will happen in this election – we’re leaving this topic open to cover relevant events!) 11/4 ABOUT THE HOST Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. is a standup comedian, quantitative researcher for FiveThirtyEight, and applied complexity researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan, and was a professor of political science at NYU and Carnegie Mellon University before breaking out of the ivory tower to share the Good News about Political Science with the world. In her spare time she eats fire and dangles from a trapeze. Yes, this will be on the midterm. REFUND POLICY: Tickets maybe be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.