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Partisan Politics and Morals

Sunday, January 13, 2019

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people. —Thomas Jefferson

Given the ongoing partisan unrest in Washington, it seems appropriate to feature this 2017 TED Talk by social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, PhD. The talk is titled, "How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016?

In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Haidt describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America—and provides a vision for how our country might move forward.

Dr. Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is the author of two best-selling books: "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom", and "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion."

Haidt is also the co-developer of Moral Foundations Theory. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of people with whom they disagree.  He was named a top 100 global thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. 

Our moral sense really evolved to bind groups together into teams that can cooperate in order to compete with other teams. 

—Jonathan Haidt

We recommend that our intellectually curious readers consider registering at Your, a global collaboration among social psychologists who study morality and politics. It's designed to allow the interested public to participate in a survey about moral judgement.

It only takes about 5 to 15 minutes to complete each section of the study and you can take as many sections as you want for free and immediately view the analysis.  

The study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Southern California Institutional Review Board for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. —Isaac Asimov

Enjoy and have a thoughtful Sunday morning. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess, and the Biosyntrx staff