Book Group for April 10th, 2013 , "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt


WE WILL MEET AT TVFR STATION #65, AT 3425 SW 103RD AVE, BEAVERTON, OR.  We are not using station 67 any longer.

For April 10th, we will read Chapters 8-12, (softcover pages[masked]) 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.  At our first-half discussion, we had a couple of new members and we had an excellent discussion!

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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  • Marlayne M.

    This book sounds like a very interesting read and has compelled me to purchase the book. I will be at the meeting and so will Tom. We are looking forward to this evening. (count me as 2 attending)

    April 2, 2013

  • Helen D. L.

    Looking forward to continuing the discussion.

    March 16, 2013

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