Outrage 41 – How Certainty Fuels Outrage and Division – Ilana Redstone

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In this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we’re joined by Ilana Redstone, a sociology professor at the University of Illinois and author of “The Certainty Trap.” We discuss the dangers of absolute certainty and the importance of questioning our assumptions.

Dr. Redstone explains how certainty can hinder our ability to understand and empathize with others, and how it impacts democracy. By embracing uncertainty and being open to questioning our own thinking, we can foster healthier conversations and a more inclusive society. Tune in to explore the hidden pitfalls of certainty and the power of embracing ambiguity.

Ilana Redstone is a distinguished scholar and thought leader in the field of sociology, with a specialized focus on the psychology of certainty and its impacts on society. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Redstone obtained her BA at the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her work frequently addresses the importance of intellectual humility, the dangers of ideological certainty, and the necessity of embracing diverse viewpoints for healthy democratic dialogue.


Ilana Redstone (University of Illinois)

Ilana Redstone (Personal site)

The Certainty Trap (Amazon)

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