Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives

Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives By Joseph Heath, Enlightenment Restoring sanity to our politics our economy and our lives The co author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics promoting slow thought slow deliberation and slow debate Over the last twenty years the political systems of t
  • Title: Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives
  • Author: Joseph Heath
  • ISBN: 9781443422543
  • Page: 413
  • Format: ebook
  • Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives By Joseph Heath, The co author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate.Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided not between right and left but between crazy and non crazy What s , the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand RThe co author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate.Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided not between right and left but between crazy and non crazy What s , the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand Rational thought cannot prevail in the current social and media environment, where elections are won by appealing to voters hearts rather than their minds The rapid fire pace of modern politics, the hypnotic repetition of daily news items and even the multitude of visual sources of information all make it difficult for the voice of reason to be heard.In Enlightenment 2.0, bestselling author Joseph Heath outlines a program for a second Enlightenment The answer, he argues, lies in a new slow politics It takes as its point of departure recent psychological and philosophical research that identifies quite clearly the social and environmental preconditions for the exercise of rational thought It is impossible to restore sanity merely by being sane and trying to speak in a reasonable tone of voice The only way to restore sanity is by engaging in collective action against the social conditions that have crowded it out.
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    1. Joseph Heath

      Joseph Heath born 1967 is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto He also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Governance He received his bachelor of arts from McGill University, where his teachers included Charles Taylor, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees are from Northwestern University, where he studied under Thomas A McCarthy and J rgen Habermas He has published both academic and popular writings, including the bestselling The Rebel Sell His philosophical work includes papers and books in political philosophy, business ethics, rational choice theory, action theory, and critical theory.

    586 thoughts on “Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives”

    1. An engaging and intelligent read Enlightenment 2.0 is filled with moments of Oh, cool, and Huh I never thought of it that way Heath is concerned with identifying a decline of reason in culture and politics He does so with loads of enlightened examples that left me turning to my girlfriend to share, Did you know, Have you ever heard, and the like This left me with a sense of having taken away enjoyment, and meaning from the book It left my girlfriend altogether bothered my constant references to [...]


    2. Not for the politically correct, this book is dishearteningly honest about politics and its intent, yet stays optimistic until the very last page The work offers curious insights into the lead up to today s political debate from what we might call the pre Trump section of the early 3rd millennium Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in current politics and or philosophy, written by none other than the author of The Rebel Sell, professor Joseph Heath.


    3. After a recent spate of books praising the value of instinct and emotion as the basis of great decision making and common sense politics, Heath launches a vigorous defense of human reason as the only way to move forward in a modern complex world Linking the latest understandings of cognitive science, Heath shows how our lazy brain, evolved to deal with primitive conditions and tiny social groups, often works against our best interests and seldom gets it right when complex social issues are at st [...]


    4. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who scratches their head and wonders about where we are headed as a species It contains many insights to help understand where we came from, where we are at and where we are headed If you seek to understand the seemingly irrational behaviour of others and society this book will help Indeed you will understand your own, unrealized irrational behaviour as well While not a book that will fix everything, since many will reject it s arguments based on pers [...]


    5. Well, better than his books about economics Probably because most of this one deals with what he actually does for a living philosophy A curious book though, with simple arguments all demagogues, all the time, is bad for politics linear, logical, sequential reasoning is hard to do because we re not wired to do it and the public sphere is dominated by non rational, emotional, non fact based, and non reasoned rhetoric, not constructive debate.All and said Heath himself admits that if you re readi [...]


    6. In much the same way the food industry has developed ways of appealing to our baser tastes and mass produced foods that are addictive yet bad for us, Heath argues the political class has done the same Examining the way we think and respond emotionally, Heath details how political messages are crafted to appeal to our base instinct, our gut instinct or our idea of common sense as opposed to a rational discussion of the issues A fascinating look at human nature yet he doesn t offer much in terms o [...]


    7. I really liked this book because it tended to describe me in a lot of ways The difference between type 1, or heuristic thinking and type 2 thinking was pretty eye opening for me It made me want to be aware of when I was engaging type 2 thinking and what triggered it, and if I can trigger it on my own It also kind of reminded me of how lazy I amd I guess how lazy we all are, in that we tend to follow the easiest path, the one that requires the least amount of work, which is usually the type 1 pa [...]


    8. WOWSERSok a little throwback to my Inspector Gadget days, but seriously this is an outstanding book I don t often go into political reading but a friend of mine had this on his and I thought it went well with something else I was reading at the timebut that was like two years ago and I finally bought the book and got hooked into it right away I thought I was going to have to take it slow and take three weeks to readI took two It s really good and easy to understand but NOT dumbed down, there wer [...]


    9. I had time to skim the table of contents and read only the 21 page introduction, the 7 page epilogue, and part of the first chapter Have to return it to library as there was an outstanding request The book was published in 2014, so there might be some newer examples and referents, but the analyses and conclusions to this time make this book worth reading It is written by a University of Toronto philosophy prof, and so is refreshing from a slightly different perspective on some world events and d [...]


    10. I picked this up at random, and really enjoyed it The jacket made it seem like this would be political, but the focus is really on cognitive biases and the ways they are exploited or can be avoided to help make decisions in the public sphere The political aspect is important, but not overwhelming or too preachy Really enjoyable.



    11. This is a very readable and interesting book It draws on a lot of important strands of contemporary literature, of the interface between social science and neuroscience that has made it into the public domain so that the likes of me can have access to it It incorporates builds on works such as Thinking Fast and Slow and Nudge.At heart it is an argument for restoring the primacy of rational thinking and debate in politics.Heath thinks that the world has become crazier though he hedges his bets it [...]


    12. I really wonder of Mr Heath wanted write a serious book It read like an answer to Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin or O Rielly than a scholarly work The book is filled with ad hominem attacks on conservatives and comments like Conservatives think There are passinig references to criticisms of liberal personalities but only when they are not liberal enough He portrays conservative personalities like Rush Limbaugh as being a voice of conservatism and said that it is best for conservative thought to b [...]


    13. Canadian philosopher Joseph Hearth takes on an ambitious work to layout several distinct forces crass capitalism to folksy demagoguery that are impeding, if not crippling, the ability for democratic governments to conduct rational policy.It s fascinating to follow Heath as he walks through the various currents from marketing to Gladwell to the political right that have under appreciated and undermined the importance of linear, deliberate and rational thought that underlines the great human proje [...]


    14. This book differs from some of the other laments over the decline of reason in our society in that Heath provides insight into reason as not just an individual trait, but as something that we ve evolved socially to tackle big problems, and that is in danger of being eroded by current trends in the social and political environment Heath argues that the first Enlightenment failed because it overestimated the power of individual reason, and didn t recognize its limitations such as cognitive biases, [...]


    15. I like Heath and overall enjoyed the book, but boy is this a major bait and switch I ve just read Gilovitch s Wisest One in the Room and was complaining that I m sick of all the heuristic and biases books rehashing 1000x the same experiments.The pro in Gilovitch was the focus on social implications of the biases.So I pick up Enlightenment 2.0 in hope to read something interesting about the state and prospects of contemporary political discourse BUT after a brief intro you are back to the standar [...]


    16. Heath presents a spirited defense of rationality But importantly he attempts to explain why politics, especially American politics, has become increasingly crazy Heath relies upon the recent findings and insights of neuropsychologists rationality is a kluge and behavioral economists following Kahneman cognitive biases are pervasive and difficult to overcome to reinterpret classic findings in social psychology and interpret recent political and cultural history It is a convincing mixture However [...]


    17. Very important book do not be put off by the infuriating start, parochially American sporting a left wing bias, which is in fact quite at odds with the main corpus, much balanced and general in focus Heath is a philosophy lecturer who has read some economics and a lot of recent evolutionary psychology and has a knack for spinning interesting developments out of the latter I have a few issues with what examples he has chosen out of the psychological literature to build his argument about the fun [...]


    18. Second book by Joseph Heath that I ve read He planned to write this one with a co author and ended up writing it alone It is somewhat of a pushback against the Predictively Irrational development of psychology He is saying, yes we are not by nature rational, but that doesn t mean we should give up and go with our gut It means we should structure our world to make rational thought easier.


    19. I love Heath and have read almost all of his books If I d never read Daniel Kahneman s Thinking Fast and Slow or Richard Thaler s Nudge this book would be 5 stars That said, in spite of many concepts that I already took from those books, Heath had takes, insights, analogies, and opinions that were very refreshing Enjoyed it


    20. Should be required reading in high school curriculum Compares rational and intuitive thought processes as it relates to our approach to the world So many real world examples of the dangers of relying on gut instinct which we are inherently very good at, by the way and taking the easy way out in making judgements instead of doing the hard work necessary to make informed, rational decisions.


    21. I d give it 6 stars if it wrapped up in a way that gave me any serious hope 5 for poking a lot of holes in assumptions I make, for making me angry at the circus we call politics, and for sharing a lot of fun party tidbits really though, fantastic book highly relevant to right now A must read IMO.


    22. Began better than it ended suggesting Slow Politics as our solution to political craziness is about as likely to fly as the Slow Food Manifesto his own is modelled on Still, worth reading interesting discussion of how our current political social mess is related to the way our brains work.


    23. Read only the first few pages, where he argues US left wing views are predicated on reason, whereas right wing views are not That the right is successful becuase unreason is a effective political strategy Also either misunderstood or misuses the message of Haidt s Righteous Mind.


    24. Makes occasional sporadic leaps but is conclusively marvelous in its depiction of the mind s two tangling forces intuition and reason The foci of this book are the latter and its attempt to circumnavigate the pitfalls of the former.


    25. An interesting discussion of why politics, particularly American politics, has degenerated to truthiness and moral blindness Disappointingly, Heath doesn t give much of a solution, but his explanation of it is worth reading in itself.



    26. In reality we are not that rational and logical in our thinking and behavior Difficult to replace reason with emotion Excellent examples from world of Politics Science and Religion.


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