Moral Tribes

Moral Tribes

Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Book - 2013
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Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world's tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground. In this grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, a pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780143126058
Branch Call Number: 170 GRE 2013
Characteristics: 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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gregtheguy Jan 08, 2015

Harvard is gradually building a reputation for supporting daring young professors with very little understanding of the world, and this entry will be no restraint on that trend. This professor's ideas on morality contain no recognition of our pack animal nature and no understanding of the crimes our so-called morality doesn't seem ever to prevent. Quite a silly book, overall.

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