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Notes from a Jonathan Haidt TED talk: “Sports is to war as pornography is to sex”

I was going over old TED talk notes and found this gem. Seems especially relevant today:

Norway Autos Market Report 2010-2025
Sunday October 11, 2020

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Here are my notes:

Finally some unemployment numbers that reflect reality
Thursday October 22, 2020

A short and highly recommended read: America’s true unemployment rate To this day, to be officially counted as unemployed you need to be earning no money at all, and you need to be actively looking for work. Only 46.1% of white Americans over the age of 16 — and a mere 40.8% of Black Americans […]

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openness and comfort with new experiences are traits strongly correlated with liberal political attitudeworst idea in psychology: “mind is blank slate at birth”in reality we’re pre-programmed with a lot: “nature provides a first draft”“sports is to war as pornography is to sex”; way to exercise our ancient drivesbasis of morality, his 5 best candidates for that “first draft”:harm/care — feel compassionfairness/reciprocity — ambiguous evidence whether it’s found in other animalsin-group/loyalty — found in animal kingdoms, usually very small or among siblings, only in humans does it expand to large groupsauthority/respect — in humans, this is based more on voluntary interest and feelings of love sometimespurity/sanctity — food is becoming very moralized these daysthink of these as channels, moral equalizersliberals care more about 1 harm and 2 fairness; conservatives carry more about 3 in-group, 4 authority, 5 purityall of these are relativein most countries, less debate about harm and fairness, most are about #3, 4, 5most people start fair, then cooperation decays if there’s no punishment, but if there’s punishment, cooperation increases in successive roundsliberals speak for weak and oppressed, conservatives speak for order and tradition; this forms a balancein religions you find same thing: yin and yang, Vishnu and Shiva (in fact, some icons show the two deities as the same body)“If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease” – Sengcan, a Chinese Zen Patriarchbelieves a key moral insight from history – supported by today’s science – is that we’re inclined to form teams and fight against other teams

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