Wednesday, March 3, 2010

TED Talk Tuesday: Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives

Yeah, I know it's Wednesday, but I had other stuff I wanted to write about yesterday. Plus, Sabio hadn't yet posted this lovely piece that reminded me of this talk. Jonathan Haidt discusses how a trait called openness to new experience forms the basis for why liberals and conservatives tend to have different views of morality. Notably, he emphasizes why both views are useful and necessary.


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  1. Leah, you hit it on the head. This gentlemen & I totally agree. Funny, I read 2 or 3 of his articles about 10 years ago but not since. My blog hammers on many of the points he made.

    But then, I am one of those confuse libertarian types (well, neo-lib). Thank you kindly for sharing. I will do a few posts based on this video perhaps.

    As a teaser, let me say that I have carried an alter, of sorts, around with me for >25 years -- it has two statues: On the Left, the Buddhist goddess Tara and on the right the Hindu god Shiva.

    That may seem strange for an atheist -- unless you listened to this lecture.

    Thanx again Leah

  2. A little while ago I thought about tinkering with the idea of morality through observation of psychology and biology. This short vid has gone so much further than I could ever take my own little distractions.

    Thanks so much for this Leah, and Sabio. I have a whole new path of study and readings to get into now.


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