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Moral Tribes: Emotion, reason, and the gap between us and them

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
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Trolley ProblemPreview Book

Why can't we come together on global warming? Should the rich pay higher taxes, or use their money to help desperate strangers on the other side of the world? Do gays have a right to marry? Does a woman with an unwanted pregnancy have a right to choose? Is it wrong to eat animals because we enjoy how they taste?

On Thursday, November 14, KPCC's science reporter Sanden Totten  explored how we make decisions about such questions with guest Dr. Joshua Greene, director of Harvard University's Moral Cognition Lab and author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them.

Through a "Me vs. Us" and "Us vs. Them" lens, Greene takes a penetrating and entirely unique look at the ways in which neuroscience and evolution guide our moral decision-making process. In the tradition of Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, Moral Tribes deftly reveals the science behind our modern thinking and moral dilemmas and offers a new way of looking at, and resolving, seemingly irresolvable moral issues.


Test your moral cognitive with these four "trolley problems" (via PBSNeedToKnow YouTube channel)


Preview of the book:

Books will be on sale courtesy of Vroman's Bookstore.