The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics .. (Book Discussion)

Meetup type: Book discussion (attendees are encouraged to read all or at least some parts of the book before the meetup.)

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

Author: Jonathan Haidt

Book Description: Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.

His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skillfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.

Get the book: Amazon (Hard Copy), Amazon (Kindle), Kobo

Location: Meeting location will be confirmed close to the date. It will be in St. Denis street (between Ontario & De Maisonneuve), either in Second Cup/Starbucks (few people) or in Le Commensal (more people).

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  • Carole

    Thank you Masood, for organizing this discussion. There was a great mix of individuals with different perspectives, making the discussion very lively.

    July 4, 2012

  • Jon

    It was a good evening.

    June 28, 2012

  • teresa

    The conversation was very articulated and stimulating, thank you Masood for organizing it

    June 25, 2012

  • Fred

    The evening was pleasant.

    June 25, 2012

  • Masood

    I enjoyed very much our conversations about this fantastic book. Thanks to all who attended! I may repeat this meetup after my second reading of the book.

    June 25, 2012

  • Masood

    All: Please keep your RSVPs current, so we know how many people are going to actually show up. The group has a strict policy on RSVPs. Location: we have a reservation under my name in Le Commensal, for a room called "La Salle Verte"; when you enter the place, walk in and then walk down few stairs and the room is on your far right.
    You can order from the self-service in the upstairs when you arrive or during our meetup.

    Thanks and see you all! :)

    June 23, 2012

  • Masood

    Hi Donna! OK, no problem, you should receive event announcements as you are a member now. See you next time! :) (I am going to change your RSVP to No after writing this)

    June 23, 2012

  • davidson, d.

    I'm sorry Masood, but a friend of mine is coming in from out of town, so I won't be able to attend. Keep me informed of other events.


    June 23, 2012

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