Author Topic: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion  (Read 571 times)

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found out about this book on a blog I read for work: http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/ben-brown/17925/stop-making-sense-new-strategy-community-outreach 

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The Haidt mantra is “Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second.” Which is pretty much the opposite of the way many of us confront opposing viewpoints. Especially those of us who’ve been rewarded throughout our careers for fashioning methodical, logical arguments to defend our intentions.

Backed by loads of research over decades, Haidt makes the case for evolution having written what amounts to a first draft of an intuitional guidance system that influences — if not determines — our moral choices. And while we can overcome these “pre-wired” intuitions, we’re still likely to default to them when we’re pressed to make quick decisions about whom and what to trust. The logical lawyer mind comes into play to defend the intuited choice and to convince others of its worthiness.

more interesting stuff follows this on the blog article

a TED talk on this: http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html

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