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

The Righteous Mind Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion This well researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the presidential campaign and election As America descends deeper into polarizat

  • Title: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • Author: Jonathan Haidt
  • ISBN: 9780307377906
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This well researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way thatThis well researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts If you re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.A groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality, which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics The book is timely explaining the American culture wars and refuting the New Atheists , scholarly integrating insights from many fields and great fun to read like Haidt s last book, The Happiness Hypothesis.

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    1. Haidt is much better psychologist than political philosopher, and this book is both monumental and dangerously flawed.On the good side: Haidt draws broadly from research in psychology, anthropology, and biology to develop a six-factor basis for morality (Care/Harm, Liberty/Oppression, Fairness/Cheating, Loyalty/Betrayal, Authority/Subversion, Sanctity/Degradation), and show that moral judgement is an innate intuitive ability accompanied by post-hoc justifications. Morality serves to bind non-rel [...]

    2. If you are a Republican this book will make you feel very good about yourself. According to Haidt you have a more balanced morality, a realistic view of "human nature" (beware anyone who says they understand human nature), and some other good stuff I forgot about. He points the finger at liberals but seems unaware about the political dangers of conservatism. He discusses liberals with disdain. With conservatives there is a kind of awe and he rarely discusses their hypocrisies. Of course he conve [...]

    3. I was hopeful this book might provide me with some sociological tools and rhetorical tricks to clear away the views of those who disagree with my positions on politics and religion. Of course this book does not deliver on this unrealistic hope. What the book does provide instead is an explanation why not everybody agrees with my definition of morality. This knowledge does not make disagreements go away, so the best I can hope for after reading this book is to comprehend the intuitive motivations [...]

    4. "This book is about why it’s so hard for us to get along. We are indeed all stuck here for a while, so let’s at least do what we can to understand why we are so easily divided into hostile groups, . . Politics and religion are both expressions of our underlying moral psychology, and an understanding of that psychology can help to bring people together. My goal in this book is to drain some of the heat, anger, and divisiveness out of these topics and replace them with awe, wonder, and curiosi [...]

    5. I expected this book to be good, but I did not expect it to be so rich in ideas and dense with information. Haidt covers far more territory than the subtitle of the book implies. Not only is he attempting to explain why people are morally tribal, but also the way morality works in the human brain, the evolutionary origins of moral feelings, the role of moral psychology in the history of civilization, the origin and function of religion, and how we can apply all this information to the modern pol [...]

    6. I had great expectations for this book after watching the author give an introduction in the Colbert report. However, the book didn't hold up to it's name. These are some of grudges I have against this book:1.) The author doesn't tackle conservative vs. progressive morals. He tackles left wing vs. right wing morals. This is a typical blunder made by the average American. And I would've overlooked it, as the book is geared towards an American audience. But the author is a professor in moral psych [...]

    7. “[W]hen a group of people make something sacred, the members of the cult lose the ability to think clearly about it. Morality binds and blinds.” ― Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous MindJonathan Haidt give a nice social science explanation for how we align politically and how we are built to disagree. This is one of those books that seems to fit in the same evolutionary psychology space as Bob Wright's The Moral Animal. It is a combination of ethnography + evolutionary psychology + experimental [...]

    8. On page 88 the author writes: "As an intuitionist , I'd say that the worship of reason is itself an illustration of one of the most long-lived delusions in Western history: the rationalist delusion."Apparently he hasn't noticed that reason has taken us to the moon, given us longer and healthier lives, allowed us to travel the world, to communicate with loved ones over vaste distances, even allowed his book to exist The author is a dim witted charlatan and spends the rest of the book making a con [...]

    9. THESE BE THE IMMORTAL IMMUTABLE COMMANDMENTS OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (ok they're not really immutable nor do they necessarily have religious backing but bear with me here. I just want an excuse to write an authoritative-sounding list out of my areas of expertise and just mere curiosity.)1) Humans are not predominantly rational actors. In the majority of cases, rational justifications are made after the fact, and emotions and feelings are predominant in value judgments. Our bodily states can affect [...]

    10. Wonderful, lucid, challenging and timely work. Wouldn't it be great if most people spent their time trying to understand where our political morals actually come from, instead of blindly attacking each other, like Americans have been doing for the past few months? At the very least, if you read this book you'll get a chance to understand where the "idiots" who disagree with you on politics or religion are coming from with their breathtakingly "wrong" morals and opinions. : ) Let's spoil the endi [...]

    11. Despite some painful infelicities of style, this book is compelling and generally well-argued. Two aspects irritated me -- I thought several of the author's chosen analogies were dreadful -- clunky and not particularly apt. The silliness of the metaphor that humans are Homo Duplex -- "90% chimp, 10% bee" -- is just so jarring that it distracts the reader from the argument. Similarly, I found his other recurrent metaphor, that for our rational and intuitive mental processes -- "The mind is divide [...]

    12. At first I gave this book 3 stars because I felt like I might have been too critical. After thinking about it a while, I decided I was not merely critical enough. This book should be renamed "How to Justify the Action of Oppressing Human Beings In the Name of Getting Along." You can take any of Haidt's current examples of what to him "seems" like an oppressive act, as he assures you there is some merit to the thinking of oppressive individuals, and replace it with any of the most embarrassing at [...]

    13. It's maybe not a stretch to say this book blew my mind, and in the best possible way. Some context: I'm a liberal far to the left of Obama, and I religiously read the New York Times and the Guardian - so I'm true blue pink. However, 30% of the country in which I live, including many well educated and erudite people hold views that I find completely incomprehensible, if not reprehensible. But, I think it's fair to say that they actually honestly believe they are right. Haidt promises to explain h [...]

    14. As a liberal westerner, I think it is a natural reaction to perceive hierarchical systems, ideas of loyality, and ideas of sanctity as intellectually flawed and oppressive concepts. Jonathan Haidt tells us how such reactions are generally much more intuitive than they are rational. Most rationalization is often post hoc, and is also often used as a tool to intellectualize intuitive beliefs. Therefore, it would be erroneous to assume that people of conservative views are wrong and perhaps stupid [...]

    15. Ordinary people like myself occasionally glimpse pieces of truths we believe are important to explain how we live and understand the world but we never seem to get enough distance, or time, or examples to really state definitively what it is that makes us happy, or contentious, or willing to put ourselves out for another. Jonathan Haidt, fortunately, knows how to excavate the origins of our value systems, and has worked with colleagues to theorize and test what we believe and why and to discover [...]

    16. For a long time now I have been coming to the conclusion that if one is to believe capitalism is essentially a meritocracy - and if one is also to acknowledge that the inequities of capitalist societies mean that social mobility (particularly in the United States, for instance) is virtually non-existent, then one also needs some way of explaining how something that looks like it is without merit actually is the embodiment of merit.And often this is where 'biology' comes to the rescue. Genes have [...]

    17. This book is well-written, edited, and well-organized. Each chapter explores a concept, followed by a nice summary. The book is a mixed bag for me. Some parts are fascinating, while other parts are a bit technical and dry. But so much of it is original and fresh, that I give the book five stars.Haidt proposes six foundations of morality; care/harm, liberty/oppression, fairness/cheating, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and sanctity/degradation. Haidt claims that liberals (Democrats) are i [...]

    18. n.b. This is a “pre-review” — see full explanation below.Recommended required reading:Before I begin anything that bears even a slight resemblance to a review, I want to say that I am incredibly grateful that a friend (a real, live human one at that) suggested I read (or re-read, as it were) Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow before taking on Haidt's oevre. I wholeheartedly endorse the aforementioned recommendation, so do with that what you will.Excuses, excuses:I am absolutely comm [...]

    19. From a psychological standpoint, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion earns five stars. The book loses some of its appeal when Jonathan Haidt veers into political philosophy, however - especially when he raises the biased question "why are religious people better neighbors and citizens?"Let me backtrack. The Righteous Mind is split into three sections. The first focuses on how intuitions come first and are followed by strategic reasoning, the second shows that [...]

    20. Don't be put off by the title of this book (or the subtitle 'why good people are divided by politics and religion'). Although they are technically correct they don't give a full sense of the glory of what is certainly the best popular science book I have read this year, and comes easily into my top ten ever.Jonathan Haidt is a psychologist who specializes in morality. We are inundated with books about human behaviours and traits - and many of them are rather tedious - but this is a totally diffe [...]

    21. After this year's presidential election I emailed my sister, a smart, super-competent, true-blue, bleeding-heart, save the weeds and snails, liberal, who volunteered to do campaign work for Hilary Clinton in Colorado during the 2008 Democratic primaries and, of course, voted loudly for Obama."Are you kidding me?" I asked. "How can anyone who doesn't have a carrot for a brain want more of the same? I don't get it. Obama? How can so many Americans be that gullible? I'm totally baffled." And that p [...]

    22. First of all, some people get annoyed with Jonathan Haidt. I didn't have that reaction to The Righteous Mind. I guess I got rid of it with The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. It just seemed like he was selling something or trying to convert me to his point of view. He can rub people that way. If you have tried to read Haidt and have had that reaction, I suggest reading Thinking, Fast and Slow first. Daniel Kahneman has the ability to teach similar topics, in the fie [...]

    23. عاااااالي ضرب در بي نهايت. فوق العاده بود اين كتاب، فوق العاده. خيلي وقت بود يه كتاب پنج ستاره مصرف نكرده بوديم. ريويو فارسي در حال ساخت

    24. (Originally posted at zacharybonelli/book-re)Pretend for a moment that you grew up and now live in a completely different country. Let's call it Unrealia. Unrealia has two major political factions, Blarg and Frangle.Now imagine growing up. The moment you can begin to process news and literature from a social standpoint, you notice something—every time the Blargs do something, it looks pretty awesome. And every time Blarg politicans talk on television, everything they say seems to make sense. T [...]

    25. The main selling point of the book is the controversial thesis that conservatives have a more sophisticated and complete "moral matrix" than liberals. Haidt says conservatives have a complete sense of taste whereas liberals can only taste sweet. This implies that liberals have a dangerously inaccurate version of reality that they are using when deciding what ideas to swallow and what to spit out. Such a bold claim should be backed up with solid proof. Haidt needs to show where the "complete" mat [...]

    26. Fascinating. Enjoyably readable, if you don't try to keep up with the extensive end-notes. Scientifically and philosophically convincing, if you do.Haidt is synthetic. He works on original research, traveling to conduct experiments on different people and groups of peoples, and he reads extensively & widely, and he interviews other scientists.The biggest takeaway *I* have is that many ppl are voting Republican because they are conservative and feel, deep in their genes, that they absolutely [...]

    27. This book has many qualities, but ultimately its negatives outweighed its positives for me. First of all, I must give poor marks to his driving metaphor of the elephant and rider. It seemed counterintuitive as an example and wasn’t helpful to me at all in illustrating or clarifying his main point (which I actually understood just fine) that “intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second.” Secondly, early on in the book Haidt tells an anecdote about his time in the field where he displa [...]

    28. Uma perspectiva diferente sobre moral, conservadorismo e o papel da religião. O Jonathan Haidt trabalhou com o que move as pessoas a tomar decisões morais, seguindo a linha mais recente de levar em conta o pensamento evolutivo nesse tipo de estudo. O resultado é muito bom.Ele começa com uma avaliação muito boa do papel das emoções (na verdade da intuição) e da razão na tomada de decisões e na justificativa das decisões. A conclusão é basicamente que na maioria dos casos a decisão [...]

    29. This turned out to be pretty damn good in the end, despite the fact that it took pretty much forever to get to the point (out of a desire to set up foundational principles and concepts), and was super repetitive (reiterating said concepts again and again), and also felt a bit silly at times with the "I'm going to tell you what I'm going to tell you, then I'll tell you, and then I'll tell you what I just told you" format. (Also, if you have to describe more than 2 or 3 diagrams and figures, maybe [...]

    30. This was an interesting read and though I disagree with Haidt in many crucial points, such as the role of reason in our lives, he presents in this book challenging ideas which cannot be taken lightly. However, I believe Haidt deliberately ignored the role of education, and though he acknowledged the good role discussions play in removing personal biases when people pursue their goals and agendas, he ignored it in his theory of the Moral Foundations. Discourse and education can play a huge role i [...]

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