Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Haidt and Peterson look at the psychological, religious, and sanctomonious roots of conservatism v. liberalism

Jonathan Haidt and Jordan Peterson have some interesting discussions from December 2017 about the moral and psychological differences between conservatives and liberals.

The conservative brain is wired somewhat to fear, to staying closer to mama cat when going to hunt. 

The liberal mind is more open to new stuff, which is necessary for a society to adapt to change.
But in time humans of either bent get caught in the idea of tribal purity and sanctity.  He doesn’t say this, but the upward affiliation common in the psychology of cis male homosexuality (which doesn’ t welcome fluidity unless associated with eroticism of physical shame) provides the appropriate paradox.

The liberal wants the freedom to try new stuff (like the doctor in the 1982 film “Making Love”) yet relishes in the sanctity of the tribe.  Hence you get the walling off of campuses and the speech codes, and the banning of Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos.
The conservative today simply then wants to return to the old, privileged patriarchal order because it worked for him before (as Umair Haque keeps pointing out).

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