Tapestry

Change of heart

Eleanor Gordon-Smith, a philosophy Ph.D. student at Princeton University, explains why changing people's minds has less to do with reason and a lot to do with egos. And the story of how one woman's picture perfect image of Canada was shattered — only to be rebuilt, from the unlikeliest of places.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Donald Trump supporters and protestors argue in Times Square as they await election results on November 8, 2016 in New York City. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Eleanor Gordon-Smith, a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Princeton University, says that you can't expect facts and reason to change someone's mind. Turns out everything that makes you human - including emotions and your sense of self - goes into how you make decisions — and how you can influence others.  

And in her documentary, Tina Pittaway tells the story of a young woman from Rwanda who came to Canada with high hopes. We'll call her Grace. And the Canada she discovered isn't exactly the place conjured up by images seen on picture postcards.