Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world's tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground. In this grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, a pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward.--From publisher description.… (more)
Explores how we make moral decisions. Uses knowledge gained from neuroscience, psychology and philosophy to understand our brain's intuitive methods of making decisions that helped as survive as tribal creatures. However, in an increasingly global society, tribal ways of decision-making don't always serve us when groups disagree. Greene offers us alternative problem solving methods.