Dec 30 Rick Sickles presents on “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt (Part 1)

With permission from Nu Class President Frank Gilbert, Rick discusses this complicated book shared in a presentation two years ago by Frank.  The thought is that as Frank lives and breathes the economy of statistics concerning human psychological issues, Rick brings a different perceptive as a career technology sales engineer. 

So, why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount?  Why are so many conservatives in politics and religion apparently winning the battles for the moral high ground?  Why do we sometimes assume the worst about the motives of our fellow citizens?  How can we better understand people with whom we disagree, without making us righteously certain that those who see things differently— are wrong.

The Righteous Mind, the 2012 landmark book by Jonathan Haidt, can help us understand these questions better and as a result give us the wisdom to deal with the people in our lives we distrust and fear the most. 

Jonathan Haidt is an American social psychologist who lays out a path of understanding of intuitions and how they differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.