Re: My Question for Jonathan Haidt
Nice! Maybe I'll have a better understanding of your question once I read the last chapter. I've been putting it off to make sure I don't read it before everyone else.
As I'm sure I've mentioned, I've begun to think of religious belief as an orientation
along the same lines as sexual orientation or political orientation. Indeed, it's Haidt who put me on this track with his TED talk. You will observe that liberals and conservatives are on either side of a seemingly unbridgeable gulf. One side cannot fathom how the other thinks. And, yet, Haidt says the two sides need each other. They are two sides of the same coin.
Perhaps the religion-vs-evidence dichotomy behaves much the same way.
Imagine that everybody's worldview is either faith-oriented or evidence oriented (or somewhere in the middle). Such an orientation would largely be determined at birth, so we're essentially wired one way or another. For me at least, this "theory" means a less polarized view of the other side. It's wrong to think of it as reason vs. faith. Like politics, we need both worldviews to succeed as a species.
The hardest part of the "theory" is to have to think of my own evidence-based orientation as a worldview or equal to a faith-based view. To me an evidence-based position does seem the only rational perspective. But those with a faith-based perspective sees their
way as the only way.
Does that make sense? Does Haidt ever propose anything like this?