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Filmed on Tuesday September 27, 02022
Jonathan Haidt's mission is to study moral psychology and use that knowledge to help important institutions and systems work better. The institutions and systems he works on are: universities, corporations, liberal democracy, schools & families that are overprotecting kids and social media. Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is author of several books including The Righteous Mind, The Coddling of the American Mind and numerous articles and essays.
Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Revive & Restore. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now, How Buildings Learn and Whole Earth Discipline. He graduated in Biology from Stanford and served as an Infantry officer.
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired, a magazine he helped launch in 01993. Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL. His books include What Technology Wants and The Inevitable. He is editor and publisher of the sites Cool Tools and kk.org.
Jonathan Haidt sees that we have entered a social-psychological phase change that was initiated in 02009 when social media platforms introduced several fateful innovations that changed the course of our society and disintegrated our consensus on reality.
In this conversation with Long Now co-founders Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly, Haidt presses on questions of technological optimism, morality vs ethics, teen mental health, possible platform tweaks that could reduce the damage and just how long this next cycle of history could last.
Prompted by Haidt's piece on Why The Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid, this discussion offers a behind the scenes look at the thinking going into Haidt's next book; release slated for the fall of 02023.
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