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From the Ted Talk "Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?"

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JH: The next principle of moral __________ is that intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second. You've probably heard the term "motivated reasoning" or "confirmation bias." There's some really interesting ____ on how our high intelligence and our ______ abilities might have evolved not to help us find out the truth, but to help us __________ each other, defend our reputation ... We're really, really good at justifying ourselves. And when you bring group interests into account, so it's not just me, it's my team versus your team, whereas if you're evaluating evidence that your side is wrong, we just can't accept that. So this is why you can't win a political argument. If you're debating something, you can't persuade the person with reasons and evidence, because that's not the way reasoning works. So now, give us the ________, ____ us Google: "I heard that ______ Obama was born in Kenya. Let me Google that — oh my God! 10 _______ hits! Look, he was!"

Solution

  1. million
  2. psychology
  3. verbal
  4. give
  5. work
  6. barack
  7. internet
  8. manipulate

Original Text

JH: The next principle of moral psychology is that intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second. You've probably heard the term "motivated reasoning" or "confirmation bias." There's some really interesting work on how our high intelligence and our verbal abilities might have evolved not to help us find out the truth, but to help us manipulate each other, defend our reputation ... We're really, really good at justifying ourselves. And when you bring group interests into account, so it's not just me, it's my team versus your team, whereas if you're evaluating evidence that your side is wrong, we just can't accept that. So this is why you can't win a political argument. If you're debating something, you can't persuade the person with reasons and evidence, because that's not the way reasoning works. So now, give us the internet, give us Google: "I heard that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Let me Google that — oh my God! 10 million hits! Look, he was!"

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