February 24, 2014Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Written By: Joshua Greene
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
From the Press Release
A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them - and what we can do about it. Never before have those we disagree with been so present in our lives. The more globalization dissolves national borders, the more clearly we see that human beings are deeply divided on moral lines - about everything from tax codes to sexual practices to energy consumption - and that, when we really disagree, our emotions turn positively tribal.
Harvard professor Joshua Greene is a rising star in the exciting new field of 'moral neuroscience,' and his research reveals that "morality" evolved from the human need to navigate between two different competing brains, the calculating rational brain and the more tribal, emotional one. The brain's disagreements with itself are the root cause of fierce moral divisions across cultures today. Our emotions quickly and effectively handle situations with friends or colleagues or neighbors within our own 'tribe.' But we're neurologically handicapped when dealing with groups outside our own, and in finding common ground with the tribe just over the horizon. Greene's challenge in Moral Tribes lies in answering the question, "how can we rationally compromise with our rivals when it feels so emotionally wrong?"
About the Author:
Joshua D. Greene is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University. He studies the psychology and neuroscience of morality, focusing on the interplay between emotion and reasoning in moral decision-making. His broader interests cluster around the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
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