Why are good people divided by politics and religion? This question is addressed in the best-selling book by moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”):
The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion (2012)
In this meeting, we’ll find out what late-breaking research in moral psychology reveals about how we acquire moral values, how we make moral judgments, and how we can improve our personal lives and our society.
Haidt’s book has three parts, covering the following topics:
A model of cognitive processing
A model of moral values
A model of evolution and society
Philip Bitar will present the topics in an interactive format, introducing each topic with questions to which we will propose answers. After presenting Haidt’s theory, Bitar will lead a discussion of how we can apply the theory to our personal lives and to our society.
For a more detailed statement of this agenda, please see the agenda link for[masked] on the following webpage:
The organized meeting will last till about 4:30 or 5:30, as per group preference as we're proceeding with our discussion. You can leave whenever you want to. The room is reserved till 5:45 for whoever might like to stay for informal conversations. Feel free to bring a non-alcoholic beverage that won't stain and that is in a container with a lid in order to minimize the chance of spills.
The Montlake library is located at the NW corner of 24th and McGraw. To avoid a two-hour parking limit, park in one of the following locations: library parking lot (small and cramped, enter from 24th); directly in front of library on 24th (parallel parking); directly across McGraw to south (diagonal parking); on 22nd from Calhoun south (parallel parking).
Philip Bitar bio
Philip Bitar earned bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Washington, and then followed this, at U.C. Berkeley, with graduate study in Cognitive Psychology, a master degree in Statistics, and a doctorate in Computer Science.
Bitar subsequently spent 10 years developing a comprehensive theory of human life covering the following topics: knowledge, reality, religion, ethics, commerce, government, and meaning — the meaning of human life.
Thus far, Bitar has published three books presenting portions of his theory:
Why Human Life Makes Sense (2011) — knowledge, reality, religion, ethics, and meaning
The Second American Revolution (2012) — commerce and government
Why? In Pursuit of the Ultimate Answer (2008) — comprehensive theory of human life
For more info on Bitar’s work, please visit the meetup site Why Human Life Makes Sense