DANE, July 19, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
Extremely thought-provoking and ultimately very satisfying. If you're anything like me you just feel certain you have it right and those on the opposite end of the political spectrum have it wrong. You're probably also extremely frustrated that they can't see reality for what it is. Well, this book will ease that frustration and help you understand WHY people at the two extremes feel and think so differently. If you're anything like me, you'll have a major "ah-ha" moment!
BobboMax, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by BobboMax)
Great book- difficult to read because it's so full of ideas and new thoughts. Haidt attempts, fairly convincingly, to explain the gap the thinking and emotions of conservatives and liberals, so that liberals can feel more comfortable and less disdainful with conservatives. (I don't think the book is really written for conservatives...) You may remember the book What's Wrong with Kansas? Haidt explains why Kansas is the way it is, without making a judgement as to whether that's right or wrong, since he's well aware that conclusion rests on your world view, not some set of "objective" facts.
And I have to recommend that you buy it, from Powell's of course, because by the time you finish reading and understanding it, the library will be hounding you to return it so someone else can read it. Trust me, I know.
jentler, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jentler)
The BEST book to help people understand our differences in perspectives; and build proper respect and understanding for those who may have different perspectives than yours. It explains the differences various people put on basic values. We all share values, but to differing degrees. A great read. A great book. Everyone will benefit from this book.
Thomas Hester, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Thomas Hester)
Haidt mixes social psychology, political science and philosophy to create a heady brew that is likely to send a reader reeling off to think things through. While I sponsored objections to The Righteous Mind at nearly every page, I felt that Haidt himself would have been interested in my arguments if he could have heard them. The strength of the book is its empirical structure and the hundreds of supporting data adduced at strategic points.
by The New York Times Book Review,
“A landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself....Haidt is looking for more than victory. He’s looking for wisdom. That’s what makes The Righteous Mind well worth reading.”
by The Wall Street Journal,
“An eye-opening and deceptively ambitious best seller...undoubtedly one of the most talked-about books of the year.”
“Splendidly written, sophisticated and stimulating. It may well change how you think and talk about politics, religion and human nature.”
“Ingenious prose....Beautifully written, Haidt’s book shines a new and creative light on moral psychology and presents a provocative message.”
by Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University,
“A remarkable and original synthesis of social psychology, political analysis, and moral reasoning.”
by Washington Times,
“Highly readable, highly insightful....The principal posture in which one envisions him is that of a scrappy, voluble, discerning patriot standing between the warring factions in American politics urging each to see the other’s viewpoint, to stop demonizing, bashing, clobbering....Haidt’s real contribution, in my judgment, is inviting us all to sit at the table.”
by The Daily Beast,
“Excellent....An impressive book that should be read by anyone who has the slightest interest in how political opinions are reached.”
by San Francisco Chronicle,
“Haidt’s work feels particularly relevant now....Haidt’s perspective can help us better understand our own political and religious leanings.”
by Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University,
“Jonathan Haidt is one of smartest and most creative psychologists alive, and his newest book, The Righteous Mind is a tour de force—a brave, brilliant and eloquent exploration of the most important issues of our time. It will challenge the way you think about liberals and conservatives, atheism and religion, good and evil. This is the book that everyone is going to be talking about.”
by Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University, Author of Zero Degrees of Empathy and The Science of Evil,
“Haidt’s research has revolutionized the field of moral psychology. This elegantly written book has far-reaching implications for anyone interested in anthropology, politics, religion, or the many controversies that divide modern societies. If you want to know why you hold your moral beliefs and why many people disagree with you, read this book.”
“A much-needed voice of moral sanity.”
“[Haidt’s] framework for the different moral universes of liberals and conservatives struck me as a brilliant breakthrough....The Righteous Mind provides an invaluable road map.”
by Kirkus Reviews,
“A well-informed tour of contemporary moral psychology....A cogent rendering of a moral universe of fertile complexity and latent flexibility.”
by The Atlantic,
“Haidt’s a good thing.”
by The Globe and Mail,
“Jonathan Haidt’s absorbing The Righteous Mind should come with a warning label: ‘contents highly addictive.’ Written in a breezy and accessible style but informed by an impressively wide range of cutting-edge research in the social sciences, evolutionary biology and psychology, The Righteous Mind is about as interesting a book as you’ll pick up this year.”
by The Guardian (London),
“What makes [The Righteous Mind] so compelling is the fluid combination of erudition and entertainment, and the author’s obvious pleasure in challenging conventional wisdom....[Haidt’s] core point is simple and well-made: our morality, much of it wired into brains from birth, at the same time binds us together and blinds us to different configurations of morality.”
by Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company,
“An important and timely book....His ideas are controversial but they make you think.”
by Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution,
“The Righteous Mind refutes the ‘New Atheists’ and shows that religion is a central part of our moral heritage. Haidt’s brilliant synthesis shows that Christians have nothing to fear and much to gain from the evolutionary paradigm.”
“The Righteous Mind is an intellectual tour de force that brings Darwinian theorizing to the practical realm of everyday politics. The book is beautifully written, and it is truly unusual to encounter a book that makes a major theoretical contribution yet encourages one to turn its pages enthusiastically.” Christopher Boehm, Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California, author of Moral Origins
by Larry Sabato, University of Virginia, author of A More Perfect Constitution,
“As a fellow who listens to heated political debate daily, I was fascinated, enlightened, and even amused by Haidt’s brilliant insights. This penetrating yet accessible book will help readers understand the righteous minds that inhabit politics.”
by Richard E. Nisbett, University of Michigan, Author of The Geography of Thought,
“A profound discussion of the diverse psychological roots of morality and their role in producing political conflicts. It’s not too much to hope that the book will help to reduce those conflicts.”
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidthas 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.
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