The real difference between liberals and conservatives

This is one of the best TED Talks I’ve ever seen (and that’s saying a lot, since almost everything at TED is amazing).

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt sums up what we all sort of knew in the back our minds and, in the best scientific tradition, shows us how we can learn for our differences to promote positive outcomes. Really mind opening talk.

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Matt WSeptember 18th, 2008 at 11:45 am

Funny, to spite the “don’t take sides” argument, he sure does a lot of conservative bashing. And I’m confused… if Libertarians aren’t conservatives or liberals, what are they? I always thought they were so conservative that the “normal” conservatives called them crazy liberals.

There is a lot written about non-dualism in the Buddhist tradition. It’s a real head-fuck because it’s very difficult to say anything without taking a side of one kind or another. So any dialogue about non-dualism quickly degrades into this self-defeating cycle of “but you’re taking a side!”

He does the concept a service, though, in saying that it’s a helpful perspective to take without advocating it as a be-all end-all solution. Aside from that, it felt pretty light in the solutions department.