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Great stuff. I've followed Haidt for years. Please see all of it.
For those who don't have time, his thesis is:
Haidt organized his engaging talk around “three great untruths” or bad ideas that are being taught to Generation Z:
(1) The untruth of fragility, which holds that “what does not kill you, makes you weaker.” This is the mistaken idea behind college campuses’ safe spaces and trigger warnings that are supposed to protect students from exposure to dangerous ideas. The opposite is more likely — engaging with difficult ideas strengthens the mind and heart, because young people are not as fragile assumed.
(2) The untruth of emotional reasoning, which teaches students to “always trust your feelings.” This is the mistaken notion that subjectivity is better than objective reasoning based on evidence and argument.
(3) The untruth of Us vs. Them, which views life as a battle between good and evil people. This is the mistaken notion of the righteous mind that treats ideological opponents as bad people and presumes that one’s own side has a monopoly on virtue. The impact of these ideas has been heightened by social media and the lack of independent risk-taking by Generation Z, creating concerns about the future of democracy, which requires engagement with all sides and a willingness to handle adversity.
It is fascinating to watch someone in a reltively short timeframe, explain so much about the deficits in higher education, as well as todays society. This talk should be shown on all campuses. Unfortunately there are those who would shout it down before ever realizing the wisdom he imparts. At least he is trying to make a difference.