Jonathan Haidt Quotes.

1. "Sports is to war as pornography is to sex."
- Quote by Jonathan Haidt

2. "The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation — a force for construction and destruction."
- Quote by Jonathan Haidt

3. "If you want to change people's minds, you've got to talk to their elephants."
- Quote by Jonathan Haidt

4. "The president is the high priest of what sociologist Robert Bellah calls the 'American civil religion.' The president must invoke the name of God (though not Jesus), glorify America's heroes and history,quote its sacred texts (the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution), and perform the transubstantiation of pluribus unum."
- Quote by Jonathan Haidt

5. "The mind is divided into parts that sometimes conflict. Like a rider on the back of an elephant, the conscious reasoning part of the mind has only limited control of what the elephant does."
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6. "Loyalty, respect for authority and some degree of sanctification create a more binding social order that places some limits on individualism and egoism."
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7. "Religiosity developed because successful religions made groups more efficient at turning resources into offspring." (including art, cathedrals, cities, earthworks, etc?)"
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8. "Asking children to grow virtues hydroponically, looking only within themselves for guidance, is like asking each one to invent a personal language―a pointless and isolating task if there is no community with whom to speak."
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9. "Morality binds people into groups. It gives us tribalism, it gives us genocide, war, and politics. But it also gives us heroism, altruism, and sainthood."
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10. "A more promising hypothesis is that happiness comes from within and cannot be obtained by making the world conform to your desires. This idea was widespread in the ancient world: Buddha in India and the Stoic philosophers in ancient Greece and Rome all counseled people to break their emotional attachments to people and events, which are always unpredictable and uncontrollable, and to cultivate instead an attitude of acceptance. This ancient idea deserves respect, and it is certainly true that changing your mind is usually a more effective response to frustration than is changing the world."
- Quote by Jonathan Haidt

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