One way and another 2013 was a packed year in my world. In addition to writing a great deal for the newspaper and other work commitments, quite a few family issues (I sound like Kath and Kim) cropped up. Of course, the one development of unalloyed joy was baby Joe who is now 13 months and quite the character.
We have now made it to Queensland for some R&R in the heat. I am very much enjoying reading Jonathan Haidt’s, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Have any Cats read it yet?
The book is essentially about morality and the impact of evolution on how we think. One of the central theses is that we all jump to judgment on topics and then search for reasons to back up our ‘conclusions’. Education makes little difference to this process – more educated people are simply better at dreaming up more reasons. (Some of this thinking reminds me of Deidre McCloskey on rhetoric.)
I will write more on the book when I have finished it – but I am reading it now with a view to understanding how climate change zealots think.
Here’s a picture of Joe from Christmas Day.