Our brains were designed for tribal life, for joining with a select group of peers (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values and unprecedented opportunities. In a grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Greene, author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them, focuses on the interplay between emotion and reasoning in decision-making. Greene reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and offers a set of maxims for navigating the modern moral terrain — a practical road map for solving problems and living better lives. Moral Tribes shows us when to trust our instincts, when to reason, and how these forces, when joined, can move us forward.
Presented by:Town Hall and The Elliott Bay Book Co. as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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