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- [Announcer] This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. - [Instructor] When people get together to talk about an issue, do they find common ground and compromise? Do they consider all perspectives? In short, no. Hundreds of studies worldwide show that when groups discuss an issue, members take a more extreme position in the direction they were inclined before the meeting. The group confirms their predispositions and makes its members more extreme. This group polarization provides a good starting point for investigating extremism, which manifests across all cultures, religions and nations. - [Instructor] In "Going To Extremes" published by Oxford University Press, Harvard Law School professor, Cass Sunstein provides a general description of extremism in society and describe specific tactics for leaders and managers who want to foster open discussion while promoting a democratic workplace. Sunstein addresses polarization by presenting results from numerous studies. Polarization affects every group interaction, including those of lawyers, judges, doctors, elected officials and the military.