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Thoughts on books, often interpreted through the high-brow prism of cartoon (read: Archer) references. Wait! I had something for this...

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Land of LISP: Learn to Program in LISP, One Game at a Time!
Conrad Barski
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Mike Rohde
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Oliver Burkeman
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James Buchanan
Jean H. Baker, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The Righteous Mind (a pre-review)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion - Jonathan Haidt

Recommended required reading:

Before I begin anything that bears even a slight resemblance to a review, I want to say that I am incredibly grateful that a friend (a real, live human one at that) suggested I read (or re-read, as it were) Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow before taking on Haidt's oevre. I wholeheartedly endorse the aforementioned recommendation, so do with that what you will.


Excuses, excuses:

I am absolutely committed to reviewing this book...at some point. Jonathan Haidt does an excellent job of using analogies to help his readers understand lofty propositions in moral philosophy. For example, he likens the five dimensions of moral foundations theory* to taste receptors on the tongue. 


I was feeling clever (and in the mood for a bit of procrastination) and thought: 

"Hey Mara- maybe you should be super cool and awesome and do a quick illustration of moral foundations as tastebuds." 

"Good thinking Other Mara, your ideas are always great and never take unexpected and/or detrimental turns, let's do it!" 

Well, shock me, shock me- turns out that both Mara and Other Mara were quite rusty in their illustrator skills, and it took an inordinately long amount of time, with less than satisfying results. But, since the collective Maras wasted their time, here is our "moral taste buds tongue" for you to ogle while they get some big kid work done and (hopefully soon) write a real review. 


Moral taste buds tongue





*  He adds a sixth, ultimately, but that's a tale for another time. 


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