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LOCATION CHANGED! - Book Group for March 13th, 2013 , "The Righteous Mind"



Sorry for the last minute change.

For March 13th, we will read the first 154 pages of "The Righteous Mind (Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion)" by Jonathan Haidt. The book is a blend of psychology, morality, and political science, exploring the brain processes that can lead us to hold highly polarized views. The author comes from a somewhat conservative viewpoint, and holds some views on religion that CFI members may disagree with. Nevertheless, the book should be useful to us for discussion, and should provoke some good thought processes even when we disagree with the author.

Note that the location will probably change. We don't have TVFR #67 for March, so I will be looking for a different location.

Here is the review from Amazon:

As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has 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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  • Helen D. L.

    I was impressed with how well-prepared Joel was to lead the discussion. But then, he almost didn't need to be, given the obvious intellect and attention to detail that everyone there brought to the conversation.

    March 14, 2013

  • Ronald N.

    Anyone going from the east side? Would like to carpool.

    March 10, 2013

  • Doranne M.

    I work at Goodwill now and I overheard a mom speaking to her 5 year old girl. She said in a neutral tone, "Yes, there are. They're called atheists."

    March 5, 2013

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