Thursday, February 10, 2011

Haidt on the Importance of Diversity

Jonathan Haidt recently gave a talk at the 2011 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social psychology entitled "The Bright Future of Post-Partisan Social Psychology". The talk was featured in this New York Times article.

Haidt's talk is excellent, and brings a number of important issues to the fore: for example, the power moral intuitions (or sacred values) have over our cognition (as he puts it, "morality binds and blinds") and how close-minded academics who champion diversity and being open-minded can really be.

His presentation is available online (here). And I have embedded it below. He makes a compelling case for greater intellectual diversity: