How Opinions Form, with Jonathan Haidt

In Episode One of the Parlia Podcast, Turi speaks to NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, to understand where opinions come from.

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“I think it’s both important to look at evolution and at cultural variation, that’s the great puzzle of human morality. There is no simple answer: morality is as innate a capacity as language.”

To launch the Parlia Podcast, Turi talks with Professor Jonathan Haidt, father of Moral Foundations Theory and author of The Righteous Mind - “a landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (NYT). Few living people have done so much to help us understand the psychology of morality and how we form our beliefs.

Together, they discuss:

  • Where do our values come from?

  • What are the building blocks of our personal morality?

  • Why do humans judge each other?

  • Is morality learned?

  • How have societies evolved morally?

  • How is social media transforming the way our opinions form?

  • And how do you talk to a conservative if you’re a liberal and a liberal if you’re a conservative.

Jonathan Haidt

Professor Jonathan Haidt is Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is widely renowned for his work in social psychology. As a co-founder of moral foundations theory, Haidt’s work assumes that humans have evolved to base moral decisions on emotion and instinct over logical reasoning.

Haidt has authored several acclaimed books on this issue, including The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Haidt is recognised as one of Foreign Policy’s “top global thinkers”, and Prospect’s “top world thinkers”. Haidt is also the founder of Heterodox Academy, a 4,000 strong organisation promoting opinion diversity and open inquiry in research and learning.

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