Watch and read the transcript of:
http://billmoyers.com/segment/jonathan-haidt-explains-our-contentious-culture/ (47 minutes)
A PDF of the transcript of this interview is in the resource folder. Follow the transcript while listening. When you do not understand something, pause the video and read the transcript until it is clearer. If it remains unclear, mark the place so we can discuss it in class.
Prepare and post your notes on each of these questions, which will be the focus of class discussion. This can be in bullet form using complete sentences.
Maximum 250 words; include word count.
How does Haidt link the idea of group loyalties (tribalism) to our propensity to be hypocrites? Why does he say we are born to be hypocrites?
Haidt uses the term “decoding manual” as a metaphor for equipping ourselves to not write off people whose beliefs or moral perspectives are at odds with our personal beliefs and perspectives or those of our tribe. What are the specific techniques he proposes?
What does Haidt mean by the term sacralizing when he says we sacralize reason? What are the solutions to the problems created by tribes sacralizing certain behaviors or values?
What do you think is the significance of this passage from the interview:
BILL MOYERS: So what does, what did the Hebrew prophet mean when he said, “Come now, and let us reason together.” Are you saying we can’t get at the truth that way? JONATHAN HAIDT: No. That actually is very wise. Because what I’m saying here is that individual reasoning is post-hoc, and justificatory. Individual reasoning is not reliable because of the confirmation bias. The only cure for the confirmation bias is other people.
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