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Why So Many Americans Don't Want Social Justice and Don't Trust Scientists

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Jonathan Haidt, PhD
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2013 Boyarsky Lecture in Law, Medicine & Ethics

America is deeply polarized along a left-right divide. One side wants "social justice"; the other sees social justice as a heavy-handed way of enforcing unfairness in the name of equality. Both sides claim that the other side denies science, reality, and common sense. In this talk Professor Haidt will give an overview of moral psychology and of his research findings on the left-right divide. He'll focus on disagreements over fairness and liberty, which constitute the new (post-Tea Party) culture war. And he'll show how both sides deny science whenever it conflicts with their sacred values.

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