The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
The Righteous Mind | Jonathan Haidt | Talks at Google
"Mystical experiences are an off button for self. When self is 'off' a person becomes a cell in a larger body."
- Intuitions come first, strategic reason second
- There's more to morality than harm and fairness
- Morality binds and blinds
Selfish: Our mind has many mechanisms that make us adept at promoting our own interests, in competition with our peers.
Varieties of Religious experiences/Self transcendent experiences
- Loss of worry
- Joy and peace
- World looks new and beautiful
- Moral commitment, desire to serve
Different methods to get it
Hive method of co-operation
- No competition within the hive
- Able to function as a 'super-organism'
- Yields massive efficiency
Synchronized physical movement is found to be a psychological 'hive' sync. Think dances, religious motions, Army drills etc. This will bind teams more closely.
Benefits of hivishness
- Higher Social Capital: Higher Productivity and flexibility
- Higher Employee moral: Lower costs(Lower turnover, less litigation, better recruiting and retention)
Costs/Risks of Hivishness
- Too much time hiving -> Lower productivity
- Love of group -> less concern for other stakeholders(?)
- More Loyalty -> More cover-ups, more pressure on whistle blowers(?)
- More Group think(or more trust and hence freedom to diverge)
How to grow a hive
- SHared fate, shared sacrifice
- Free riders should be punished and quickly. Generally this is done thru gossip - which is a positive thing in hivish orgs.
- Heightened similarity(Uniform, commonalties)
- Moving together/synchrony
- Healthy Competition
- Noble Mission
- Must be worthy of respect, admiration, and awe
- Impartiality: followers can trust and cede control
- Self-sacrifice: Shows shared fate
- Eloquence: noble words uplift and inspire