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The Left And The Right <em>Still</em> Can't Agree: Jonathan Haidt Explains Why<em></em>
Politics | January 08, 2013

The Left And The Right Still Can't Agree: Jonathan Haidt Explains Why

In a new review in The Pacific Standard, Jonathan Haidt's book The Righteous Mind was described as an "essential" read that acts as an "invaluable road map" to navigating the political spectrum, regardless of where on it you fall. "This is a book that asks us to step outside ourselves and admit that the ideas we hold—beliefs that seem so inherently right—are products of our genes and environment, not of some immutable truth," the reviewer writes. It is this revolutionary way of thinking about morality and its relation to political opinion that has made Haidt's book so popular, and his theories so vital to gaining a better understanding of human interaction. As Haidt explains in the book, our differing beliefs rest in our own ethical foundations which are often tough to alter because we have difficulty understanding the point of view of others who do not share our own political views.

As the review writes, "[Haidt's] framework for the different moral universes of liberals and conservatives struck me as a brilliant breakthrough." Haidt's thesis that "morality binds and blinds," was also called "compelling." Haidt is among the few academics that can write "compelling prose for the general public." A sweeping account of human morality its ties to our political beliefs, Haidt's book is equal parts intriguing and educational. The Righteous Mind debuted at #6 on The New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List, and since its release Haidt has become a coveted speaker at TED. In addition to exploring the complex study of morality and politics, he is also an expert on happiness and is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis and Flourishing.
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