February 8, 2012

Good Weddance. +25 here and we have fairly normal daylight back. The temp hit +33 yesterday afternoon, not so great for the roads.

We watched an interview of Jonathan Haidt, author of a new book called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s explanation of the political gridlock in the US is interesting and plausible. He discusses the moral values that underlie arguments from the left and from the right and explains why people are so committed to some positions that “compromise” is a dirty word. This is exacerbated by widespread “confirmation bias,” which leads people to uncritically accept evidence and arguments that favor their own values while rejecting evidence and arguments that call those values into question. The interview was illustrated with clips from the Republican presidential primary debates and photos of Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Very interesting and food for thought. You can watch the interview at the Moyers and Company website—


Local news is a long-running schools labor/management controversy and long-running dogs. Front page photo from The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

 Photo by Sam Harris


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