This is a good audiobook.
I have enjoyed thinking about how some people are unable to grasp things not because they are stupid, but because they have already formed an idea about them.
The author is rare for being a good performer as well. Given the divisiveness the topic could engender in some, the open, thoughtful voice of the author lends an even tone that allows everyone to enjoy and learn.
The importance of emotion to reason.
The author chose to narrate his own material. His excitement for portions of the text constantly leaves him with mumbled, out of breath finishes to sentences. This is a remarkable problem in that it is so correctable. The author's material is brilliant, and he surely knows it so well that he doesn't notice the mumbled readings, but is there no editor to demand improved diction and retakes?
Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
This should be required reading before people are allowed to voice opinions in the political process. (Kidding since that would restrict free speech) Still such a requirement wold hopefully tone down the hate that has become standard fair in political circles. It was refreshing to be reminded that the other side is not evil, just different in their approach to what is morally right. Interesting to learn how our brains work in this department and how we can strive to be more thoughtful before our subconscious completely takes over. Fascinating reading into how we both innately feel and learn what is right and wrong.
A very worthwhile read if you are one of the very few who actually want to understand why people who think differently from you think as they do. Lest you think I an too hopeful I have decided on the headlines of the book reviews in two different publications. The NY Times will headline "Research shows liberals care more about others than conservatives". The National Review will headline "Research shows liberals have an unbalanced moral foundation".
Finally this book explains why an economic conservative, libertarian, recent Christ follower such as myself is so conflicted on what is moral.
I just finish this book and I have to admit it give me a great deal of pause As a liberal thinker, i've tried to fully understand the counterpoints to liberalism. And sometimes find myself wondering "why would anybody want to be a conservative?" Well, I seem to understand better now. Not that I'm going to abandon liberalism, but rather try to understand conservatism better.
First, review of the book, then the audiobook.
The book itself is a mind-opener. Mind-opener seems a mediocre word, but I don't know of any superlative. This book is a life-changer for me, my view of this world has totally changed. It is easy for anyone to say someone else is close-minded when they refuse to see things from one's perspective, but actually that person is equally close-minded. This book actually made me realize my close-mindedness and made me see how the other side of liberalism/conservatism (or left/right) thinks.
On the audiobook, the narration is by the author himself. He did an excellent job. His tone is calm yet not too laid-back. He even describes his images/visuals/diagrams in the book, even blind people can read his book (including the visuals) through his narration.
my husband is a conservative and I am a mother, we need to learn how to listen and consider each other's directives.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This audiobook presents various answers about why people disagree and seek out the "other people" to attack and try to talk them to switching sides. It also looks at confirmation biases and their reasons.
Overall, this is a book worth reading.
I have listened to a number of evolutionary psychology books including Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow", so I wasn't anticipating many new concepts. I was expecting more of how those well known concepts apply to Political and Religious orientations.
I was however wrong. For me at least this book broke a lot of new ground by introducing the different dimensions of morality and the concept of 90% chimp and 10% bee. I was convinced by much of it and could apply the concepts from my own personal idiosyncrasies to geo-political history - hows that for breadth!
One thing that's important to me is how balanced a book is. Whilst I have my own political leanings, I really don't like heavy handedly one-sided books, especially regarding politics. I really felt that Haidt's book speaks to the whole political spectrum and encourages mutual understanding. If only we could get everyone to read it.
Excellent book - narrated perfectly by the author.
This is absolutely one of the most important books that I have read in the past 10 years. Reaching across the party isle and understanding one another is not only possible, it is probable, given the insights of this book.
Understand your neighbors
I expected a relatively easy-breezy book, and quickly discovered that was not the case. However, each chapter of the book followed a strict format with an introduction, conclusion, and summary of the main points that made it very audio-book friendly to account for those moments when you space out or the wife asks you a question or whatever and it breaks your attention for a bit.
The closing chapters are the best. In particular the founding philosophy of conservativism in which a distinction is drawn between philosophical conservativism and orthodoxy.