The New Yorker hosts a talk by Jonathan Haidt and uploads the video. Hat tip goes to the brilliantly titled Missing Shades of Grue.
Worth watching just for the forest of hands that are raised when Haidt asks the audience who among them are liberals. I think there were more microphones at the podium than there were conservatives attending.
Drawing on his 5 foundation theory (mentioned here), Haidt argues liberals need to take into account the 3 extra moral ‘foundations’ which inform conservatives ideology. A third of the way through, Haidt discusses how his theory explains the politics of gay marriage. He also makes an interesting point about moral geography. Haidt observes a narrow liberal ideology creates a common denominator and promotes tolerance among people who congregate in urban areas, immigration attractors and transportation hubs.
Afterwards, there is a good conversation with Henry Finder. In it, Haidt talks about:
- the importance of emotion – awe, ‘moral elevation’ and ‘the blink test‘ – in the public perception of leadership in American elections
- post-hoc moral reasoning and moral dumbfounding
- why framing issues with language choices will convince nobody
- moral decay in the culture war between Islam and the West
- why liberalism can be bad for you and human dignity, and why liberals should work with the ‘good parts’ of conservative ideology
The best quote, referring to an electoral map showing liberals populate the areas around waterways:
I believe this shows that humidity makes people liberal.
Update: See now the post and comments at Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge.