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The real difference between liberals and conservatives: Jonathan Haidt on TED.com

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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most. And he challenges all of us to step outside of our moral Matrix and pledge to work toward a more civil, productive political process. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:42.)

Watch Jonathan Haidt’s 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of almost 300 TEDTalks — including many more talks about politics.

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Comments (2)

  • Al Verceti commented on Dec 11 2009

    I tottaly agree with Jon, but what i have in mind now is Robert Pirsig talk about static and dynamic morality(quality). Morality is in fluid state.
    We are all aware of nazis who bend their morality depending of circumstances, they’ve felt like victims, commiting atrocities and in the same time disobeying their inherited traits of fairness, justice etc. which somehow slam (us) back and forth.
    So it’s still jin-jang but twisted, rotating all the time, the “basics” change the meaning – what was then a justice now it’s slaugther and this is process of cultural r-evolution.
    Notions are in motion so cons. become liberals.. but we still know what’s good don’t we?

  • nurdan kasim commented on Sep 27 2008

    very classical usage