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An interview with Prof. Jonathan Haidt on the divide between conservatives and liberals

Excerpt from The Economist -- "The thought that you are going to change someone's mind on a moral issue by giving them logical arguments and reasoning is an error. If somebody doesn't care about the conclusion - if they think that it's faster to get to the airport by subway than by car and you know otherwise - you can give them reasons, you can change their mind. But moral beliefs are very different. They bind us to other people, they bind us into a team, they give us a sense of meaning and purpose in life, and so you can't wedge people -- you can't move them -- just by giving them logical arguments."

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