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Jonathan Haidt

Polarized Psychology: Is Science Devalued in a Divided Society?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science
Jarryd Willis

How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.

My Conversation With Jonathan Haidt on Gay Marriage

David Blankenhorn | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
David Blankenhorn

I know something about the marriage culture wars. I was a well-known opponent of gay marriage -- I testified at the Prop 8 trial in California -- and last year I changed my mind, which had a big impact on me personally and on the Institute for American Values.

Is Outrage Driving Homophobia Underground?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

Maybe all the outbursts are doing us a favor by allowing us to understand and address homophobia. But the outbursts can only be helpful if they are taken seriously and not dismissed or censored by the outrage police.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Will a Grand New Party evolve on Guns and Immigration?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer and Matalin debate whether the GOP can shift on Immigration to avoid political suicide and on guns to reduce homocides. That's up to the Norquist of Guns -- Wayne LaPierre -- to allow NRA-owned electeds to stop the slaughter.

Let's Not Give Up on Reason in Politics: A Response to Jonathan Haidt's 'The Righteous Mind'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Haidt maintains that when we confront a moral or political question, our first reaction is intuitive. We use reason to defend our intuitions rather than to form them.

Misogyny 101

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Graham Holm

Female sexuality has always been a problem for men. First, there is the issue of paternity. After that, lust. Since new life emerges from women's bo...

Why Ayn Rand Won't Go Away: 'Atlas Shrugged,' Part 2 and the Motor of Moral Psychology

Michael Shermer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Shermer

Why don't liberals admire Ayn Rand and her philosophy of objectivism, so forcefully presented in this book and film?

What Believers And Atheists Can Learn From Each Other

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

We don't have to agree with someone in order to learn from them. As Ben Zoma, a second century Jewish sage, reminds us: "Who is wise? The person who learns from all people."

Both Sides Now: Reagan/Matalin on Their Biases, Ryan-Buffett, Polls, Tattoos

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Through the looking glass of their families and early years, Reagan/Matalin analyze Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind. Can Left & Right hear each other or be merely riders of reason on the elephant of intuition?

The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Comes Of Age

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The 21st century will be seen as humanity's rite of passage. We're growing up as a species, going through the very same process we've all gone through individually. Our biggest challenge? Idolatry of the written word.

Both Sides: Are We All Pre-wired Left or Right? Do Beliefs Precede Facts?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Kellyanne Conway discuss Jonathan Haidt's new book, which argues that "righteousness" precedes self-righteousness. Through that lens, the women debate their different views of the Trayvon shooting and "War on Women".

The Moral Contemptibility of the Conservative Mind

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Author Jonathan Haidt enjoins liberals to make a sincere attempt to listen to conservatives and appreciate sincerely the values they hold dear, and even more, to see that that they are generally necessary for any society to hang together.

Can Mars Save American Science From American Politics?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Without a strong science base no nation can claim a leadership role in the modern world. But new evidence indicates that support for science in America is in trouble.

Karmic Relief For The Misuse Of 'Karma'

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

If we're going to invoke the principle in public discourse, let's get it right, before some yahoo claims it's Iran's karma to get bombed.

How Much Do We Value Our Values?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

And perhaps the greatest impact religion has had on the world is that it helps us move the discussion of values from "costs and benefits" to "right and wrong."

For Moral Guidance, Look To Religion -- Not Neuroscience

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

As a rabbi, I welcome research into neuroscience but believe that as much as we are the products of biology, we also transcend it.

The Case for Libertarianism

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

Anyone who follows politics knows the standard stereotype of what liberals think of conservatives, and what conservatives think of liberals. They both have an element of truth.

Chris Hedges, Barack Obama and Psychological Evolution

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen C. Rose

Chris Hedges is the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America. Recently Hedges...

Can Bad News Lead to Good Business?

Julia Moulden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Julia Moulden

What to make of the screaming financial headlines of recent weeks? Where does your mind go when you read the coverage? What do you worry and wonder ab...

Politics And Morals: 5 Values That Influence Your Vote

Ted.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the moral foundations of politics and explores how we might develop more productive discourse by understanding the...