Anyone who values truth should stop worshipping reason.
If you want to change other people, a much better way to do it is to first understand who we are, understand our moral psychology, understand that we all think we’re right.
The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation – a force for construction and destruction.
Diversity is not a virtue. Diversity is a good only to the extent that it advances other virtues, justice or inclusiveness of others who have previously been excluded.
Groups create supernatural beings not to explain the universe but to order their societies.
Many species reciprocate, but only humans gossip, and much of what we gossip about is the vale of other people as partners for reciprocal relationships.
If you have high IQ, you’re really good at finding post-hoc arguments to support your feelings of truthiness.
Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second.
Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. It is only because our emotional brain works so well that our reasoning can work at all.
Trying to run Congress without human relationships is like trying to run a car without motor oil. Should we be surprised when the whole thing freezes up?
We can tolerate great diversity in our aesthetic beliefs, but we can’t tolerate much diversity in our moral beliefs.
If I believe that abortion is wrong, and I want to convince you that it’s wrong, there’s no reason I should recount to you my personal narrative of how I came to believe this.