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Moral Foundations Theory Helps To Explain Cognitive Complexity


Craig Joseph, Jesse Graham, and Jonathan Haidt say in a paper they jointly published entitled “The End of Equipotentiality: A Moral Foundations Approach to Ideology-Attitude Links and Cognitive Complexity,” that cognitive complexity “raises an interesting puzzle for MFT.” I believe that Moral Foundations Theory might offer a rather simple, straighforward solution to the puzzle.   First, … Continue reading

The Cognitive Theory of Politics


If it is true that the mind is like a small rider on the back of a huge elephant – where the elephant represents instinct and intuition which motivates ninety-nine percent of human thought and action and the rider represents conscious reasoning which evolved to help us win arguments by acting as a press secretary … Continue reading

The Cognitive Theory of Politics


If it is true that the mind is like a small rider on the back of a huge elephant – where the elephant represents instinct and intuition which motivates ninety-nine percent of human thought and action and the rider represents conscious reasoning which evolved to help us win arguments by acting as a press secretary … Continue reading

Nine Challenges to Moral Foundations Theory


In this post I accept the invitation to submit challenges, constructive criticisms, of Moral Foundations Theory that was issues by its authors.  I’ve written about these challenges in other posts.  In this post I summarize them in one place and provide links to the other posts, related essays, and other sources. [NOTE: This post is … Continue reading

Nine Challenges to Moral Foundations Theory


In this post I accept the invitation to submit challenges, constructive criticisms, of Moral Foundations Theory that was issues by its authors.  I’ve written about these challenges in other posts.  In this post I summarize them in one place and provide links to the other posts, related essays, and other sources. [NOTE: This post is … Continue reading

Eight Challenges to Moral Foundations Theory


In this post I accept the invitation to submit challenges, constructive criticisms, of Moral Foundations Theory that was issues by its authors.  I’ve written about these challenges in other posts.  In this post I summarize them in one place and provide links to related essays and other sources. [This post originally contained only five challenges and … Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room


I think The Asteroids Club, and more broadly Haidt’s Yin/Yang metaphor of the relationship between liberalism and conservatism scrupulously, though possibly not intentionally, avoid discussing the elephant in the room and strongly steer discussions toward liberal thought patterns and conclusions. I made a suggestion on the Club’s web site for some reading materials about the Asteroid of Entitlement Spending.  … Continue reading

Index of Posts


A Comment on “Heterodox Academy’s Guide to the Most (and Least) Politically Diverse Colleges, First Edit A Culture-Wide Mental Health Crisis A Critique of Heterodox Academy Adaptive Pressure That Caused Liberalism, The A “Dark,” “Militant,” and “Threatening” Speech A Deep Understanding of Care A Grave Error of Intellect and Imagination A New “Imagine” A Thought … Continue reading

Openness To New Ideas Is Not A Moral Foundation


The character trait of openness to new ideas and experience is a consequence of a lack of moral foundations. If moral foundations really do result from natural selection then it is likely they allow us to see and react to real world threats to our individual and collective survival.  One who employs only half the … Continue reading

Can Evolution Explain Why There Are Two Predominant Ideologies Rather Than Just One? Maybe Yes.


  Evolution shaped our minds as well as our bodies.  Our bodies are all the same. We all have the same basic structure, organs, etc., and they all work the same way. It seems only natural that our minds would all work the same way too. But that’s not the case. Research into human thought … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity

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A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

An Interpretation of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory

This sidebar lists a series of posts which together make up an essay relating Moral Foundations Theory to today's politics, and even a little history, as viewed through The Independent Whig's six-foundation moral lens.

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Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and