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How Are Moral Judgments Made?

Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, believes that moral intuition comes before reason: Our flawed post-hoc reasoning, our cherry-picking of evidence to suit our instincts, makes us poor policy makers, and creates politics that is tribal, confrontational and ill-suited...
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