The Righteous Road to Ruin by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
June 28, 2012

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

A book by Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” trumpets yet another grand theory of evolution, this time in the form of evolutionary psychology, which purports to unravel the mystery of moral behavior. Such theories, whether in the form of dialectical materialism, Social Darwinism, biblical inherency or its more bizarre subsets of phrenology or eugenics, never hold up against the vast complexity of history, the inner workings of economic and political systems, and the intricacies of the human psyche. But simplicity has a strong appeal for those who seek order in the chaos of existence.

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Moyers and Company: Jonathan Haidt: How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World?

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http://billmoyers.com
February 3, 2012

Bill talks with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt about the moral underpinnings of our contentious culture.

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