Psychologist Jonathan Haidt offers a fascinating look into how our moral psychology shapes us into who we are. Worth a look for anyone who has ever wondered, "How can they possibly think that way?" during a political discussion with someone of a differing belief system:
Maybe if we started trying to understand where other people were coming from, we could stop having pointless pissing contests that go nowhere and actually all learn something from each other and our differences.
Liberals lack intellectual empathy? - The Thinker
"I’ve posted numerous times before about the need for critical thinkers to practice intellectual empathy — the ability and willingness to examine issues from others’ viewpoints in a fair and open-minded manner. A person who fails to practice intellectual empathy often unfairly mischaracterizes an opposing viewpoint (committing the straw man fallacy) and snarkily ridicules its holder (committing various forms of the ad hominem fallacy)."
In this Pajamas Media article, Helen Smith tries to offer advice to conservatives for how to deal with the left’s lack of intellectual empathy. She cites research by Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist and a professor at the University of Virginia,who found that conservatives could more readily put themselves in the shoes of liberals and understand morally where they were coming from.
The reverse was not true of liberals. They have little understanding of those with opposing views to their own.
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