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“In the abstract we see things very differently from when we’re actually faced with a decision. We think we’re going to eat healthy and then we see a piece of a cake,” Kim Nalder, who studies voting behavior.

“The tablet itself looks the same whatever the child is doing, which is actually incredibly liberating. No one can point and laugh at you when they can’t see what you’re doing,” Jess Day, who advocates for gender-neutral toys.

“The whole thing is designed Persian. It’s sexy Persian. You’ll love it. …  It looks like people who have got the fire in their belly. It looks like love,” Ali Ghambari, who is Iranian, on the decor in his Seattle coffee shop.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)