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Jonathan David Haidt is an American social psychologist, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business, and author. His main areas of study are the psychology of morality and the moral emotions. Haidt's main scientific contributions come from the psychological field of moral foundations theory.
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Lincoln and the Fight for Peace
John Avlon - 2022-02-15
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A groundbreaking, revelatory history of Abraham Lincoln’s plan to secure a just and lasting peace after the Civil War—a vision that inspired future presidents as well as the world’s most famous peacemakers, including Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a story of war and peace, race and reconciliation.As the tide of th...
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If you want to read a great book about a great man who was the moral leader that America desperately needed, read @JohnAvlon's moving bio of Lincoln's last weeks, and the long reach of his early death. Here's my Amazon review of it:      source
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Of Boys and Men
Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It
Richard V. Reeves - 2022-09-27
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A positive vision for masculinity in a postfeminist worldBoys and men are struggling. Profound economic and social changes of recent decades have many losing ground in the classroom, the workplace, and in the family. While the lives of women have changed, the lives of many men have remained the same or even worsened.Our attitudes, our institutions,...
Jonathan Haidt
Here is my blurb for @RichardvReeves's important book Of Boys and Men:      source
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The Opposite of Spoiled
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
Ron Lieber - 2016-02-23 (first published in 2015)
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In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyon...
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I'm reading a wonderful book for those who want to raise uncoddled kids: "Unspoiled," by NYT columnist @ronlieber. It's about how to teach virtues while teaching kids how to handle money. I wish i had read it when my kids were in elementary school. Here's a gem: @LetGrow      source
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The Logic of Human Destiny
Robert Wright - 2001-01-08 (first published in 1999)
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In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next.In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever ...
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My thinking has been very influenced by @robertwrighter's book NonZero, which is just as relevant today as it was in 1999. There IS a future in which digital media gives us a far better democratic society than we have today. But it may be hard to get from here to there.      source
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How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
Susan Cain - 2022-04-05
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In her new masterpiece, the author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet reveals the power of a bittersweet outlook on life, and why we’ve been so blind to its value.With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she emp...
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A gorgeous book was published yesterday. Bittersweet, by @susancain. My blurb for it: "She takes you to a room in your own heart full of treasures that you had forgotten about. This is a book to read, feel, and savor."      source
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Breaking the Social Media Prism
How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing
Chris Bail - 2022-09-27
A revealing look at how user behavior is powering deep social divisions online--and how we might yet defeat political tribalism on social mediaIn an era of increasing social isolation, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are among the most important tools we have to understand each other. We use social media as a mirror to decipher our place in soc...
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[email protected]_bail wrote a superb book "Breaking the Social Media Prism," based on his research. In this Nature commentary he lays out what kind of research we most need now to figure out how to make social media less harmful:      source
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The Way Out
How to Overcome Toxic Polarization
Peter T. Coleman - 2021-06-01
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The partisan divide in the United States has widened to a chasm. Legislators vote along party lines and rarely cross the aisle. Political polarization is personal, too--and it is making us miserable. Surveys show that Americans have become more fearful and hateful of supporters of the opposing political party and imagine that they hold much more ex...
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Great advice on how to avoid arguments and connect with people instead, with many insights from @PeterTColeman1 and his excellent book The Way Out.      source
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Let's Be Reasonable
A Conservative Case for Liberal Education
Jonathan Marks - 2021-02-09
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A conservative college professor's compelling defense of liberal educationNot so long ago, conservative intellectuals such as William F. Buckley Jr. believed universities were worth fighting for. Today, conservatives seem more inclined to burn them down. In Let's Be Reasonable, conservative political theorist and professor Jonathan Marks finds in l...
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This is a really good book, with new ideas for people on the left and the right about why universities are important and how to improve them in our polarized time. By @marksjo1      source
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How to Have a Good Day
Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
Caroline Webb - 2016-02-02
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In  How to Have a Good Day, Caroline Webb—economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey—shows us how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life. Her science-based techniques have boosted workplace performance and enjoyment for people in hundreds o...
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This should be really good. @Caroline_Webb_ 's book How to Have a Good Day is fantastic -- it's the main text for my pos psych course at @NYUStern. Here she'll apply it to covid times.      source
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Science Fictions
How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth
Stuart Ritchie - 2020-07-21
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Hypeology will expose the bias, hype, incompetence and fraud that plague the peer-reviewed world where many of the most seductive and striking scientific studies originate, and will take a Freakonomics-style look at the implications of this crisis for us all.A whole industry of books and TED-talks has been built on the findings of psychological stu...
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Here's a really thought provoking review by @Musa_alGharbi of a really interesting book by @StuartJRitchie: Science Fictions. About problems in science that interfere with truth-finding, and how to improve the process. Via @HdxAcademy      source
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