Feeling the Haidt
In this long essay, I write
I examine the problem of moral reasoning and offer three proposals for mitigating its damaging effects. The first is to take opposing points of view at face value, rather than attempt to analyze them away reductively. A second proposal is to police your own side, meaning that one should attempt, contrary to instinct, to examine more critically the views of one’s allies than the views of one’s opponents. The third proposal is to “scramble the teams” by creating situations in which people of differing political views must work together to achieve a goal requiring cooperative effort.
The essay presents my reaction to Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind and also incorporates some other recent books by Schneier and Manzi.
My attitude about blogging has been changed by reading Haidt. Perhaps this makes for posts that have less appeal. But read the essay to find out where I am coming from.