Jon Haidt is one of America’s brightest minds in the world of Social Psychology, now a full time tenured professor at NYU, but before that a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the psychological bases of morality across different cultures and political ideology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology in 2001. His bestselling book The Happiness Hypothesis examines ten “great ideas” dating from antiquity and their continued relevance to the happy life. In his incredible new book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” Haidt looks at the way culture shapes our moral intuition – and how that, in turn, divides our ideologies. He says, “We can’t make the divisions go away, nor should we want to,” Haidt says. “Each person, and each team, can see only part of the truth, so we need healthy competition in which each side makes the case for its ideas and finds the flaws in the other side.” The book has received critical acclaim across the board. Here are some of the incredible things being said:
“Haidt is looking for more than victory. He’s looking for wisdom. That’s what makes The Righteous Mind well worth reading…a landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself.” –New York Times Book Review
“The Righteous Mind refutes the “New Atheists” and shows that religion is a central part of our moral heritage. Haidt’s brilliant synthesis shows that Christians have nothing to fear and much to gain from the evolutionary paradigm.”—Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution
“Haidt’s a good thing.” –The Atlantic
“An important and timely book…His ideas are controversial but they make you think…Haidt has made his reputation as a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, where he and his colleagues explore reason and intuition, why people disagree so passionately and how the moral mind works.” —Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
“Highly readable, highly insightful…The principal posture in which one envisions him is that of a scrappy, voluble, discerning patriot standing between the warring factions in American politics urging each to see the other’s viewpoint, to stop demonizing, bashing, clobbering…Haidt’s real contribution, in my judgment, is inviting us all to sit at the table.” –Washington Times
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the brilliant Jon Haidt to talk about his new book “The Righteous Mind” right after a terrific appearance on The Colbert Report…Jon is just awesome, and truly one of the more gifted minds in understanding the human and moral psyche on the planet, so it was a joy to be able to chat with him in NYC..
And here is some of the recent TV Appearances that Jon has made including killing it on The Colbert Report!!
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