Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens?
In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong.
Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skillfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures.
But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim - that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.
©2012 Jonathan Haidt (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC
"Haidt is looking for more than victory. He's looking for wisdom. That's what makes The Righteous Mind well worth reading…. a landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself.” (The New York Times Book Review)
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In terms of books on politics, philosophy and cognitive science, its one of the best.
The book tackles very sensitive topics - people's most closely held beliefs, and explains the WHY in a way that is sensible and non-controversial. Haidt provides a compelling case for why morality may have a genetic basis.
The chapter on Moral Foundations Theory. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.
Its not really that kind of book, but the part describing group selection theory was good.
The most boring movie that ever changed your life.
Regardless of your political or religious persuasion, you should listen to this book.
This books provides the best response I have ever read until now to a very deep question: why evolution generated intelligence and rational thought? To have a full time advertising agency that improves our odds to reproduce. Not to reach the truth. At least not in the social environment. This is the author response based on high amount of empirical evidence in the ever more influential field of Evolutionary Psychology. A must read (or heard) for those who want to enlarge their scientific worldview in areas not still fully understood.
A well constructed and fresh assertion on social theory from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology.
Note that the author has developed his views from his first book (as he candidly states during the narrative), so it may be advisable to read this first.
an essential read for anyone interested in better understanding politics and being more persuasive in political and religious and moral discussuions. a difficult task. enjoyable, well researched and well organized. Haidt is a master and ill be reading his other material for sure.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I got this in anticipation of an upsetting and divisive primary season. LOL, it was way worse than I expected.
But this book was not useful for helping me understand people who disagree with me (and vise versa).
Apparently liberals have two things they care about and conservatives have 5 or 6? (its been a while since I listened to this). This was slightly interesting (and also I argued with the book a bit here) and then there was a lot more book with a lot less useful information.
Political conservatives and religion after listening to this book. I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes it was hard to keep up the technical terms but the author provides a lot of examples to make it easier to understand.
I really enjoyed this book, perhaps because it substantially confirms my recent thoughts on these issues. I was a committed individualist but discovered the hive switch that Haidt discussed in last few years. Excellent discussions of the differences between liberals, conservatives, and libertarians.
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