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The Righteous Mind Audiobook

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Jonathan Haidt (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"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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    Sivashankaran Selangor, Malaysia 01-02-13
    Sivashankaran Selangor, Malaysia 01-02-13
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    "Excellent nonpartisan analysis"

    Haidt is the more, if I may say, more "civil" (for the lack of a better phrase) kind of atheist who has done immense analysis on the reasons behind politics and religion. His nonpartisan style of analysis on both sides of the divide gives good perspectives as to why some people with (or without) certain beliefs behave in a certain way. It was an excellent book which I thought was very well structured and articulated. Haidt would make a good judge in my opinion - for his ability to hold opposing thoughts in one head

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    JohninMaine Maine, United States 12-27-12
    JohninMaine Maine, United States 12-27-12
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    "Interesting Ideas, Well Written, Worthwhile"

    I'm glad I read this (listened) and I recommend it to anyone who's interested in the topic, even if I don't agree with some of the author's conclusions. My favorite part of the book, the author's insights about people's moral convictions (and the political candidates they're attracted to), was fascinating. It's changed the way I look at (or listen to) people on the other side of the moral/political spectrum. I actually *hear* them differently, and their convictions make more sense to me.

    Interesting book, well written and well read by the author.

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    RLH 11-17-12
    RLH 11-17-12
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    "Thought-provoking analysis on moral psychology"

    Haidt builds a compelling case for his moral foundation theory and makes a convincing argument for why conservatives actually have a more balanced moral matrix than liberals, and just in case you're wondering, I am a life-long liberal. (So is he, apparently.) But this is only one small part of his thesis.

    He is a good writer and a good reader and his book has practical applications for promoting greater civility and a more productive cross-party dialogue in American politics.

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    Stephen blaine, MN, United States 09-24-12
    Stephen blaine, MN, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016

    Im the excuse people use to do what they previously thought impossible.

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    "A Great Lead-in to a Smart Discussion"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, great insight to why people are not as far away as they think.


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    Cynthia LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, United States 10-29-12
    Cynthia LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Life Changing Book"

    Insight into how your own mind and morals really work, not just how we think they should work. Helps you gain insights into not only your own values, but those of the people around. Helps Democrats understand why Republicans do what they do and visa versa. Would recommend this book to all my friends, especially the ministers, the President of the United States, and the whole of the US Congress.

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    None of your damn business Seattle, WA 09-10-12
    None of your damn business Seattle, WA 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!

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    "This changed the way I think about politics"
    Where does The Righteous Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Righteous Mind?

    The chapter on Moral Foundations Theory. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its not really that kind of book, but the part describing group selection theory was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The most boring movie that ever changed your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Regardless of your political or religious persuasion, you should listen to this book.

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    Sergio A Pernice Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, AR 09-10-12
    Sergio A Pernice Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, AR 09-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excelent!!"

    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.

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    Dean 02-21-17
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    "Great content, narrator was a bit annoying."

    Very thoroughly and deeply covers the subject matter.

    For the first few chapters the Author over emphasise the narration, which is a bit annoying, but it gets better/ I got used to it.

    Also, the very bad reviews are likely based on hurt feelings as lots of sacred held beliefs like religion and taro cards are thoroughly examined and debunked.

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    "Information imperative to clear thinking "

    Information imperative to clear thinking about politics and morals. Everyone should read this, please please.

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    "must read if you plan to debate or sell. "

    though wordy, the book is fantastic and I'm guessing author was narrator very enthusiastic
    admitted his bias as well

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