Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?
Paul Bloom - Psychologist
Paul Bloom explores some of the most puzzling aspects of human nature, including pleasure, religion, and morality. Full bio
know certain facts about me,
judgments tend to be accurate.
to make generalizations
new instances that we encounter,
my way my across the room;
myself in any circumstances,
people feel proud to be American,
feel the same about their nation,
domain of friends and family,
go to university in Poland,
ended and he was released,
and based on the answers,
to do with Kandinsky or Klee.
the other group even less.
out-group psychology all the time.
associated with America,
with the American flag.
that surprised by hearing that.
["Heather Has Two Mommies"]
["Help! Mom! There Are Liberals under My Bed!"]
a great book of philosophy
that shows like "The Cosby Show"
understanding of human rights,
York Times online or something,
this happens to us all the time,
the most presumptuous of our passions,
that we should judge morality
a theologian or from a philosopher,
book like "Uncle Tom's Cabin,"
which was set up in the past
the institution of slavery, we can't.
"Well fine, that's the way it should be."
of information can't bias us,
About the speaker:Paul Bloom - Psychologist
Paul Bloom explores some of the most puzzling aspects of human nature, including pleasure, religion, and morality.
Why you should listen
In Paul Bloom’s last book, How Pleasure Works, he explores the often-mysterious enjoyment that people get out of experiences such as sex, food, art, and stories. His latest book, Just Babies, examines the nature and origins of good and evil. How do we decide what's fair and unfair? What is the relationship between emotion and rationality in our judgments of right and wrong? And how much of morality is present at birth? To answer these questions, he and his colleagues at Yale study how babies make moral decisions. (How do you present a moral quandary to a 6-month-old? Through simple, gamelike experiments that yield surprisingly adult-like results.)
Paul Bloom is a passionate teacher of undergraduates, and his popular Introduction to Psychology 110 class has been released to the world through the Open Yale Courses program. He has recently completed a second MOOC, “Moralities of Everyday Life”, that introduced moral psychology to tens of thousands of students. And he also presents his research to a popular audience though articles in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Many of the projects he works on are student-initiated, and all of them, he notes, are "strongly interdisciplinary, bringing in theory and research from areas such as cognitive, social, and developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, linguistics, theology and philosophy."
He says: "A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life."
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