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Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band togetherDefusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together

Posted By Morton Bast

In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in […]

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Can we overcome partisanship? TED@250 explores the economy, political gridlock and the fiscal cliffCan we overcome partisanship? TED@250 explores the economy, political gridlock and the fiscal cliff

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The term “fiscal cliff” has gained traction in the U.S. news in the past few months, at least in part because it paints a vivid metaphorical picture. Popularized by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the term refers to the ill economic consequences that could occur if Congress does not change its course on several policies […]

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Climb the staircase to self-transcendence: Jonathan Haidt at TED2012Climb the staircase to self-transcendence: Jonathan Haidt at TED2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

Photo: James Duncan Davidason Author and UVA psychology professor Jonathan Haidt kicks off his TED2012 talk with a provocative question: “how many of you think of yourselves as religious?” Some people raise their hands, but not so many. Another question: “Do you think of yourselves as spiritual in any shape or form?” The majority of people […]

 

The physical difference between liberals and conservatives?

Posted By Emily McManus

Conveniently timed for last week’s premiere of Jonathan Haidt’s TEDTalk, “The Real Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives,” this report in Science suggests that libs and cons may sport a physiological difference, in their bodies’ reponses to unexpected stimuli. From the abstract: … In a group of 46 adult participants with strong political beliefs, individuals with […]

 

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

Posted By Tedstaff

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 […]

 

TED2008: Days 3 and 4 in Quotes

Posted By June Cohen

Photos: Andrew Heavens “Imagine Martin Luther King saying, ‘I have a dream … But I don’t know if the others will buy it.’” – Boston Philharmonic conductor Ben Zander, on the importance of persuasive leadership “Human progress depends on unreasonable people. Reasonable people accept the world as they meet it; unreasonable people persist in trying […]

 

TED2008: And The Point?

Posted By Bgiussani

(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session twelve – closing session.) The session opens with the projection of will.i.am’s "Yes We Can" viral video based on Barack Obama’s speech. The two producers are in the audience. The video has been seen millions of times, a demonstration of the power of individuals […]