Episode 140: What Does Science Say About the ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’ Mentality In Fandom?

On this week's episode, Beks, Devin, Eve and Jeremy discuss the science and psychology behind the prominent Us vs Them mentality happening in the Star Wars fandom. Is it due to our primordial systems or our individual places in the world that determine this oftentimes hurtful division within fandom? 

News Stories of the Week: 

  • [Spoilers for Thrawn: Alliances] Witness the First Time Encounters Of a Familiar Star Wars Character In This New Novel Excerpt (Link)
  • Star Wars Rumor: Disney Struggling To Replace Kathleen Kennedy (Link)

Closer Look: What Does Science Say About the ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’ Mentality In Fandom?

  • Why our brains see the world as ‘us’ versus ‘them’—and what to do about it (Link)
  • How Can We Heal Social Division and Conflict? (Link)

  • On Respect (Link)

  • Want Better Conversations in Times of Divisiveness? Try This. (Link)


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