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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Jonathan Haidt

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Title:The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Authors:Jonathan Haidt
Info:Pantheon (2012), Hardcover, 448 pages
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Tags:psychology, social psychology, political psychology, religion, politics, United States, current affairs

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (2012)

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I was given this book by Kirtly Parker Jones, the chair of our board at Torrey House Press. I tell my kids they can put "Better Lucky Than Smart" on my tombstone and Kirtly is an example of why. She is as wise, gentle and insightful as they come and I know her simply because I built a house prominently in her viewshed in Torrey.

Thank you for this fantastic book, Kirtly.

This is the book to read if you cannot figure out how the other side in our Manichaean political environment can possibly think what they think and believe what they believe. Haight carefully layers arguments until the reader is able to accept that we evolved both in groups as well as individually. He posits that we are moral beings, generally, but we subscribe to different brands of morality. All the same, our minds were designed for "groupish righteousness."

As a guy who never functioned well in a group and could not wait to get out of any I was in and get into some fresh air, it took me a while to get on board that I am designed to be in a group. Haidt is convincing that our morality is 90% intuition and 10% reason. We start out with a genetic moral disposition. Given our genetic make-up, we gravitate toward our favorite echo chamber. A guy like me then is apparently genetically inclined toward the (classically) libertarian group, a group defined by beliefs where they are not generally wanting to hang out in groups.

I have the first world problem of having two homes with bookshelves. I would like to shelve this one in Torrey, but I would also like it handy as I try to absorb that what seems so polarized today can be more like yin and yang and provide necessary, complimentary political balance. ( )
  Mark-Bailey | Jul 1, 2017 |
I was given this book by Kirtly Parker Jones, the chair of our board at Torrey House Press. I tell my kids they can put "Better Lucky Than Smart" on my tombstone and Kirtly is an example of why. She is as wise, gentle and insightful as they come and I know her simply because I built a house prominently in her viewshed in Torrey.

Thank you for this fantastic book, Kirtly.

This is the book to read if you cannot figure out how the other side in our Manichaean political environment can possibly think what they think and believe what they believe. Haight carefully layers arguments until the reader is able to accept that we evolved both in groups as well as individually. He posits that we are moral beings, generally, but we subscribe to different brands of morality. All the same, our minds were designed for "groupish righteousness."

As a guy who never functioned well in a group and could not wait to get out of any I was in and get into some fresh air, it took me a while to get on board that I am designed to be in a group. Haidt is convincing that our morality is 90% intuition and 10% reason. We start out with a genetic moral disposition. Given our genetic make-up, we gravitate toward our favorite echo chamber. A guy like me then is apparently genetically inclined toward the (classically) libertarian group, a group defined by beliefs where they are not generally wanting to hang out in groups.

I have the first world problem of having two homes with bookshelves. I would like to shelve this one in Torrey, but I would also like it handy as I try to absorb that what seems so polarized today can be more like yin and yang and provide necessary, complimentary political balance. ( )
  torreyhouse | Jul 1, 2017 |
Okay. I've spent enough time on this one. . I had such hopes, given the title, but I also recalled his Happiness Hypothesis, which despite three stars from me was on the disappointing side of "liked".

The flaws throughout this are far too numerous to list. I have pages of notes that just aren't worth reproducing here (nor, really, anywhere else...too many problems). Haidt, despite (weird...using that word twice in one post) spending time in another country, has locked his focus on a bizarrely limited and decidedly western...more US American than just "western" ... cluster of values. Spoiler alert: "conservatives" have a broader moral sense than "liberals". Yeah. Munch on that. And let me remind you that he's stuck on American "conservatives". Well, cooking the books can do that to even the best researcher...which Haidt is not. He left off so many actual virtues, actually worth pursuing, that I wanted to toss this far too many times to remember.

I want SO much to call him an idiot.

I guess I just did.

Bottom line: he doesn't validate the subtitle, and he's so far off base as to render this to fringe theory. Not happy at the time lost on this. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
For the most part I found this a totally fascinating book. I think Haidt truly does make some good points about why we have become so polarized. The ends of the liberal/conservative spectrum truly do operate under different combinations of moral foundations. Getting the two ends of the spectrum to see this and thus better understand those that constitute the "other" tribe is what is needed. Not sue that's going to happen easily though. Our politics are more polarized than ever and there is no lessening of this problem apparent on the horizon. Still, great insights, nevertheless. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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I could not understand how any thinking person would voluntarily embrace the party of evil, and so I and my fellow liberals looked for psychological explanations for conservatism, but not for liberalism.
In psychology, theories are cheap.
Libertarians are basically liberals who love markets and lack bleeding hearts.
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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.

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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.

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A groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality, which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics. The book explains the American culture wars and refutes the "New Atheists."

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