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The Righteous Mind Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 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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    Amazon Customer 07-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, but not illuminating"

    I'll save you the time: liberals like diversity and naturally respond less to threat-based spin and conservatives like uniformity and naturally respond more to threat-based spin. We already know that. The book basically broke that down. What I wanted was to understand how other people form their views to be able to have a conversation with them without thinking they are mindless fools. I didn't get that from this book. I listened to this book to get a better understanding of my neighbors, but after listening attentively, I still don't have the tools to understand them.

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    Michael Maslansky New York, NY United States 06-28-17
    Michael Maslansky New York, NY United States 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible book if you are open to learning about the other side of the political spectrum"

    Haidt is nothing is not thorough. His case for how human morals rest on 6 different "taste buds" and that some people prefer certain tastes vs others is clear and compelling. As a liberal, he demonstrates remarkable understanding of conservatives and ultimately presents a balanced view of each side. Much the way we learn to work more effectively on teams when we understand the personalities and work styles of our peers, Haidt's approach would help partisans work much more effectively by understanding each others' moral values.

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    John Falcon 06-28-17
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    a very interesting book narrated by a good speaker it pretty much presented both sides of the discussion conservative vs liberal. I received a better insight as to what makes a conservative and what makes a liberal

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    Joanne 06-27-17
    Joanne 06-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot to take in"

    Well thought out theory. Written clearly. The summarizations really pull each chapter together and provides the necessary repetition that allows the argument to build layer by layer. Read very well by the author. I pray that we can return to more civilized conversations with people who think differently.

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    "Wow -- a transformational book!"

    This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand and do something about the polarizing of American politics. I learned so much about what's behind different moral and political views. I'm a liberal who has been baffled by the views of those on the right. But I believe that this book would be just as mind-blowing to a conservative who is baffled by the views of someone like me.

    The book is based on social and psychological research and is written by a leading social scientist. Yet, with its conversational tone and occasional humor, it's directed to a lay audience and is quite entertaining. It casts light not only on the political scene but also on the role of religion in society. I highly recommend it.

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