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.
- Perspective on ‘How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World?’ from Moyers and Company (notesalongthepath.com)
- Cognitive psychology research helps us understand confusion about working-class voters (andrewgelman.com)