Week Seven :: Aug. 5–12
The Nature of Fear
Now more than ever, fear dominates us in ways we may not even be aware of — in politics, in advertising, in media. In this week, we grapple with recognizing fear and what it does to us.
- What is the history of fear as a political tool and how effectively has it been used to shape our politics?
- We examine fear’s effect on the brain and how fear has been shaped by evolution.
- How and why does fear work in persuading, motivating and manipulating us?
- We look at what it means to seek out that which scares us, from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and ghost stories to rollercoasters and haunted houses.