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Exploring The Moral Roots Of What Divides Us

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According to social scientist, Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”):

Morality binds and blinds. It binds us into ideological teams that fight each other as though the fate of the world depended on our side winning each battle. It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something important to say.”

Haidt’s work explores the foundations of morality and how it varies in and among cultures. His latest book is called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He teaches at New York University, but he’s in Eugene and Portland this week as part of the Being Human/Human Being series that’s co-sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon. (David Eagleman and Ira Byock were also guests in that series.)

You can see some of Haidt’s past lectures and interviews on his website, including this Ted Talk and his appearance on The Colbert Report


What teams are you on? What would you like to ask Jonathan Haidt about political, religious or other divisions?

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