NYT: Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind Is A "Landmark Contribution"
Haidt also won the Zócalo Public Square book prize for his work. On May 3, Haidt will expand on topics found in his book at a keynote he's giving for Zócalo at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He gave a short Q&A with them as well where he flushed out some of the predominant themes in The Righteous Mind. "I’m not saying we’re incapable of reason," he says in the interview, "I’m saying that as individuals we’re terrible at reasoning for ourselves, because of the confirmation bias. But if others give us evidence that disconfirms our beliefs—and if we’re emotionally open to those people—then we can change our minds and improve our thinking." In the book and his talks, Haidt unpacks the reasons why we can't all just get along—and why our morality divides us. Rational yet optimistic, he argues that we can overcome these differences and learn to compromise when we open our minds up to different points of view from our own.