The Righteous Mind

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Who should read it: Anyone with an interest in understanding, and potentially minimising ideological divisions. However, I feel like that is putting it too narrowly. Everyone should read this book, I was tempted to give it a 5/5, it’s outstanding.

 

What I took from it: The Righteous Mind is a look at moral psychology and how we develop into adults with different value-systems. It highlights how tribalism and confirmation-bias can spin out of control and result in us thinking so highly of ourselves and our in-group and so poorly of people we disagree with. This book highlights that the world isn’t necessarily made up of people who are good and evil but instead made up of people who view good and evil as different things and with divergent ideas of how to obtain/avoid them. 

 

Notable quote: Morality binds and blinds. It binds us into ideological teams that fight each other as though the fate of the world depended on our side winning each battle. It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something important to say.

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