Why Good People Have Trouble Getting Along
on July 2, 2013
Lately I’ve have a lot of people ask me what I’m reading, so I’ve decided to post my latest books.
I’m almost done with Jonathan Haidt’s, The Righteous Mind. I can’t recommend this one enough.
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.
It’s a great read, and does an excellent job in breaking down the complex into bite size chunks that are easily understood. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants some insight into being a more open minded person—who doesn’t?
Haidt’s book is one of my new favorites, and has some similarities to one of my all-time favorite books. The Tree of Knowledge literally changed the way I look at the World. Warning: it’s a literary journey that’s not for the faint of heart. Hell, it took me a year to read, and that was in a study group of four. Full description below.
“Knowing how we know” is the subject of this book. Its authors present a new view of cognition that has important social and ethical implications, for, they assert, the only world we humans can have is the one we create together through the actions of our coexistence. Written for a general audience as well as for students, scholars, and scientists and abundantly illustrated with examples from biology, linguistics, and new social and cultural phenomena, this revised edition includes a new afterword by Dr. Varela, in which he discusses the effect the book has had in the years since its first publication.