The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307377903
CFI has released their top 10 Science & Reason books of 2012. Here's what they have to say about The Righteous Mind:
Jonathan Haidt's breakthrough book on the origins of our political differences—and our religious proclivities—traced the fiercest divides of today back to differing moral emotions that, in turn, are rooted in our deep evolutionary past. After reading it, you'll never look at politics in the same way again. And... you'll never again make the mistake of assuming that it's rational!

CFI's list can be found at: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/the_top_10_science_and_reason_books_of_2012/

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  • sean d

    if this is the norm, I like this ... loved the book, excellent to hear what it sparked from everyone

    2 · December 2, 2013

  • Paul

    Excellent, thoughtful discussion with a lot of great insights and perspectives on a variety of important issues.

    2 · December 2, 2013

  • Luciana

    I really enjoyed the discussion and meeting everyone.

    2 · December 2, 2013

  • Bob H

    A fascinating book and a great discussion with very intelligent people. I appreciated everyone's insights on this challenging topic.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Carol

    Much food for thought - appreciated the discussion.

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Leo F.

    Great discussion, thank you all for coming!

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • sean d

    Those are great posts, thank you Kristine. Got the book today. Looking forward to reading (after Packers) 'till Sunday.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Art J.

    Holiday plans. Enjoy the conversation.

    November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    It did make me think of one of my all time favorite quotes- see below- I like to think of myself as having an open mind and that I look past my initial reactions to things and dig deeper into what others believe (with values different than mine) and maybe be able to learn to open myself up to it, if not what they believe, at least why they believe it. As I'm reading the book, I just shake my head 'Yes', it makes so much sense to me. Anyway, I can't make it this sunday, with the holiday weekend- travel, a family birthday party- I wish you could video tape the conversation and post it! Enjoy your discussion!

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Leo F.

      We'll see you next time. Enjoy the holiday!

      1 · November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I had to break this up into bits and pieces... I posted it backwards, but now can be read from top to bottom...

    “I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

    November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Kristine B.

    I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

    ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Art J.

    Justed started this. I was suprised by the amount of research and how clear the author explains these issuses. This is a good read.

    3 · September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be willing to lead the discussion!

    1 · April 10, 2013

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