by @notthisbody and @jonhaidt

This video was created to accompany
Prof. Jonathan Haidt's talk on TED titled
//Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence// see the full talk

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“The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation — a force for construction and destruction.”
Jonathan Haidt

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.

Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded.

At TED2012 he’s combining his work on morality with his work on happiness to talk about “hive psychology” – the ability that humans have to lose in groups pursuing larger projects, almost like bees in a hive. This hivish ability Is crucial, he argues, for understanding the origins of morality, politics, and religion.

These are ideas that Haidt develops at greater length in his new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

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Concept and editing by //notthisbody
Music by //Gorowski //Mathew Haronian

A collaboration of /Jonathan Haidt and /Notthisbody incorporating:

/footage from The Sagan Series
/footage from The Fayman Series
/footage from Carl Sagan Tribute Series

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