It's the end of semester, and the paper I was working on when Aylin Caliskan came to talk to me about working on my semantics project is finally published. Polarization under rising inequality and economic decline, with Alex Stewart and Nolan McCarty, out now in Science Advances. Here's a short news story on it by Hertie School, who also recorded a bunch of videos of me talking about the paper, two of which are linked there.
|Gratuitous crop from one of the videos, so the blogpost about our paper serves a picture of me instead of Mohammed. Sorry Mohammed!|
Questions are by Mohammed El-Said, the science correspondent of the Daily News Egypt, and contributing science writer for Scientific American Arabic Edition, Sapiens, Al Araby Al Jadeed and
I wanted to blog about our new paper, but I was running out of things to say after talking to the press office so much. But then I got interviewed about some new things, so with permission I'm sharing that interview here, which otherwise will only be available in Arabic.
Would you please summarise for us the conclusions of the study? and what big question is being addressed in the paper?
What is the most fresh and new thing about the results? and what has been done before?
What makes the results of the study important?
Could you please explain in a simple way the relationship between polarization and economic decline?
What are the implications of the findings of the paper?
Which methods and experiments have you used to reach the results of the study? Please explain how the work on the study was done.
Do the results of the study apply to the countries of the Middle East and North Africa? How?
Are there any age or gender differences among the affected people?
What do you personally find most surprising or exciting about these results?
What might you caution the lay public to not misunderstand about your work?
How long did this work take?
What specific directions do you think your research might or should go from here?