Bill Moyers and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt talk about the psychological underpinnings of our contentious culture, why we can’t trust our own opinions, and the demonizing of our adversaries.

Here is Haidt’s latest TED talk on religion, evolution, and the reason we seek self-transcendence.

What I find particularly interesting is the idea that there are psychological incentives that drives us towards similar-minded people. In short, it is not (only)  philosophical reasons that guide our adherences to religion and politics, but our psychological need for grouping, acceptance and validation; an economic usage of our cognitive resources that blend us with like-minded individuals.


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