Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a
select group of others (Us), and for fighting off everyone else (Them).
But modern life has thrust the world’s tribes into a shared space,
creating conflicts of interest and clashes of values, along with
unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that
divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over
everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we
wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground.
A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
($29.95) reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way
forward. Drawing inspiration from moral
philosophy and cuttingedge science, this book shows us when to trust our instincts, when to reason, and how the right kind of reasoning can move us forward.