Jonathan Haidt studies moral reasoning. The first part of the book which deals directly with his research if the strongest part of the book and the most persuasive. Basically we make snap moral decisions and will double down on them if questioned. The reasoning process comes later. So the immediate response is emotional and only a little later does the brain come in and reason these moral issues out.
The emotive response comes out of the moral frameworks from our culture, family, economic status etc. Haidt makes the point that most well off Westerner's have an individualistic morality based on classical liberalism. Other cultures have behaviours and morality with more social and moral expectations around group behavior.
We instinctively know this morality to be true because we are immersed in them and they are normalized and hence obvious to us. We only reason on that morality after we have given up our instinctive moral reflex.
Haidt's studies led him to look into how people moralize as groups and the moral foundations for it. Further he questioned what that meant for politics
. A graph of these and how they relate to self-identified individuals on the political scale is below:
Haidt has used this scale to see how homogenous the political affiliations are, such as liberal sites
which have done the survey on his site and the infamous tea-partiers
The up-shot of all this is that Haidt believes liberals are missing out on their ability to appeal to conservatives due to their limited moral foundation as a group. Because they see the political world as existing of rights and government helping the poor and disadvantaged they are missing many arguments that could advance progressive politics in the areas of fairness, loyalty and sanctity.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.