TEDTalks: How common threats can make common (political) ground


Another entry from TEDTalk all-star, Jonathan Haidt, who I’ve featured here before.  His work on the social science of morality and the connections to the political fascinate me, and his analysis of our leaders’ inability to cooperate on the disasters facing us offer clear logic for them, and perhaps possible solutions:

If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we’d all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way — some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right — and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.

Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded.

Haidt is a social psychologist whose research on morality across cultures led up to his much-quoted 2008 TEDTalk on the psychological roots of the American culture war. He asks, “Can’t we all disagree more constructively?” In September 2009, Jonathan Haidt spoke to the TED Blog about the moral psychology behind the healthcare debate in the United States. He’s also active in the study of positive psychology and human flourishing.

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