What is the real difference? … with Jonathan Haidt

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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center.

In this eye-opening talk, he uses his research to answer this question:

What are the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

His Moral Foundations Theory looks at the way morality varies between cultures and identifies five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals. These are;

1. Care for others, protecting them from harm
2. Fairness, Justice, treating others equally.
3. Loyalty to your group, family, nation
4. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority.
5. Purity, avoiding disgusting things, foods, actions.

Measure Your Morals

•• Click here and you can learn about your own morality while contributing to scientific research on moral psychology.

Many aspects of personality are related to morality. Many aspects of behavior are influenced by moral motives. And many conflicts and misunderstandings are driven by differences in morality. But rather than simply telling you these things, we want you to see for yourself. After each questionnaire or experiment you complete, we’ll give you an immediate report on how you scored, and what your score means.

25 years ago SOT pioneered the ‘six thinking hats’ method for better thinking.

Nearly 100 years earlier the celebrated English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, promoted his ‘six honest men’ – the use of six questions – as a guide for better thinking.

Here is Kipling’s clever poem:

I have six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew
There names are What, and Where and When;
and Why and How and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

Questions are the Answer

It’s not difficult to improve your questioning skills. You can also help others: especially children and colleagues. A lot of work has been done on QUESTIONS and QUESTIONING and it’s easy to access using google.

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The Global Power of Questions

The power of the Gallup World Poll lies in asking the right questions. With the goal of establishing the world’s foremost public opinion and behavior research platform, Gallup’s world-class researchers created the World Poll questionnaire in collaboration with the leading behavioral economists and well-being scientists around the globe.

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Australia is a constitutional monarchy.

It was created by The Majority of Electors of 1900.

They created The Governor-General as Head of State and The Queen as Sovereign.


200 years ago Napoleon’s master, Prince Talleyrand, said, “There is someone more intelligent than Voltaire, more powerful than the emperor–and that is the people.”

100 years later in 1900, this became true in Australia. Today, in 2009, it is still one of the enduring truths of our Commonwealth.

The Majority of Electors was the original power in 1900 that created The Constitution and is still, in 2009, the only power in Australia that can change The Constitution.

In contrast to other political realities like in Iraq, Afganistan, Zimbabwe or Fiji or even the Vatican, the USA, India and China, the fact is that the Electors of Australia have been able to hold, without interruption, the ultimate constitutional power in Australia for over a hundred years!

This continuous record of peoplepower and political stability is unprecedented in modern world history.

Australia is the name given to an agreement between The Majority of Electors of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and Western Australia to unite in one federation under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia.


So who really created what we now know as ‘Australia’?