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The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

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Does the psychology of teams shut down open-minded thinking? According to psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the key to civility and open-minded discussion in our highly polarized society may be understanding our inherent moral roots. Haidt discusses the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, integrating everything from scientific evidence and religion to popular culture. Encourage your class to take notes of interesting points made in this video that you could later expand upon through discussion or further research.

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  • Very engaging presentation
  • Excellent additional resources on moral and political psychology
  • Opportunity to flip the video
  • Presenter offers a somewhat complicated analysis of moral roots that will require further exploration in class