214: The Righteous Mind with Rylan Bowers

December 23rd, 2020 · 1 hr 5 mins

About this Episode

01:26 - Rylan’s Superpower: Helping People & Giving Back to Community

  • “The rising tide lifts all boats.”

03:01 - The Righteous Mind / Making and Rationalizing Choices

09:11 - An Example of a Moral Reaction (CW Beastiality)

10:26 - Humans as Individuals vs Humans as Species / Increasing Group-Level Cohesion

19:43 - Bridging the Gap Politically

  • Thinking Empathatically
  • “Addressing the Elephant”
  • CivilPolitics.org: Educating the Public on Evidence-based methods for improving inter-group civility
  • How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

27:59 - Looking at Morality

38:55 - Morality Binds and Blinds / Group Cohesion

48:37 - Moving Forward / Fixing Divisiveness / Welcoming People w/ Different Viewpoints


Damien: The Happiness Hypothesis (The Elephant Metaphor): Reflecting on the elephant.

Rylan: Finding a middle ground.

“The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose; Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference, and Heaven and Earth are set apart; 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.” ― Jianzhi Sengcan

John: The value of conservative viewpoints vs liberal viewpoints.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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