I’m reading Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind. So far I’m finding it less annoying than other stuff of his I’ve read. I think I’m seeing a flaw, though, but maybe he gets to what I think is missing later on.
Groups are useful, so cohesion is useful. Religions foster cohesion, and are an efficient way to discourage cheaters and free riders. People behave better when they think someone is watching.
Groups can do things that individuals can’t do.
Haidt thinks modern intellectual types – people like him, people like me – overvalue individuals and undervalue groups. [Read more…]