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Comforting Delusions And Other Moral Impairments

A note today from our friend Jeff Kaplan said: “A much-awaited book being published next week identifies six moral standards that evolution has etched into our brains – the true core values of humankind. How many can you name? Learn what they are and more about the book at the Conflict of Interest Blog.”

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by the influential psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains why we all find it so hard to get along.

To judge by the book’s cover (something we’d never do), Haidt doesn’t sugarcoat his message.

Humans are the only species that will kill for an ideal, he says. We can either stick to comforting delusions about others, or learn some moral psychology.

Jeff Kaplan has more on the book here.

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