Jonathan Haidt

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Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt born October 19, 1963) is a professor at New York University Stern School of Business, who specializes in moral and social psychology.


  • Sports is to war as pornography is to sex.

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2005)[edit]

  • The lesson Buddha and Aurelius had taught centuries earlier: "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it".
    • p. 25.
  • Gossip and reputation make sure that what comes around - a person who is cruel will find that the others are cruel hack to him, and a person who is kind will find others are kind in return. Gossip paired with reciprocity allow karma to work here on earth, not in the next life. As long as everyone plays tit-for-tat augmented by gratitude, vengeance, and gossip, the whole system should work beautifully.
    • p. 55.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012)[edit]

Jonathan Haidt (2012) The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

  • Anyone who values truth should stop worshipping reason.
    • Cited in: Alistair Croll, ‎Benjamin Yoskovitz (2013) Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. p. 168.
  • If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people become when they disagree with you.
  • Morality binds and blinds. It binds us into ideological teams that fight each other as though the fate of the world depended on our side winning each battle. It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something important to say.
  • Science is a smorgasbord, and Google will guide you to the study that's right for you.

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