MORAL PSYCHOLOGY IN AN AGE OF OUTRAGE
JONATHAN HAIDT (2019)
In July and August 2019, Think Inc. proudly brought Jonathan Haidt to audiences in Australia & New Zealand with Moral Psychology in an Age of Outrage.
If you haven’t heard of Jonathan Haidt yet, you’re about to start seeing his name everywhere. After recently engaging in some enlightening conversations across the podcast circuit with the likes of Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Ezra Klein and Jordan Peterson, it’s clear Jonathan has perspectives worth hearing. Jonathan thinks that we should be able to disagree in a more constructive way (and if you think he’s wrong then you’re an idiot, you have no idea what you’re talking about, get the **** out of here!!). But seriously, true civil discourse is slowly becoming a thing of the past & at Think Inc., we want that to change.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, there were these wonderful places that were designed for young people to come together, gain knowledge and exchange ideas. These were mysterious structures where you could voice your thoughts and opinions; you could even challenge and argue with others, all in the name of learning.
People were offensive.
People were offended.
Everyone was allowed their time of day and the best ideas came out on top.
Those places still exist today, if only by name: University.
Outrage is the new social currency. Social media and groupthink dictates the conversation. So how did we end up here? Jonathan thinks that younger generations have become more fragile because they were coddled by protective parenting and the failure of the education system.
As one of the world’s leading experts on moral psychology, Jonathan has taken aim at religion, politics and parenting, in an attempt to uncover what has led us to this “age of outrage” – and what its repercussions are. He’s not afraid to think outside the box – just the way we like it.
Far from being a one-trick pony, Jonathan’s regular contributions to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have seen him tackle a diverse range of subjects including the moral foundations of happiness, religion, and political difference. Why are we so divided by our political beliefs? Is there room for centrist politics…. do “centrist politics” even exist? Master of moderation, Jonathan Haidt was here to answer these questions and a whole lot more.
Audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland were treated to a 30-minute lecture by Jonathan, as he presented his take on the current state of our divided world. Jonathan was then joined for a conversation with Josh Szeps, followed by an engaging Q&A session and Meet & Greet opportunity.