The Humanist Hour #219: Bo Bennett on Uncomfortable Ideas

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If anyone on this show needs no introduction, it should be our former producer and host Bo Bennett. He joins us this week to talk about his latest book, Uncomfortable Ideas, which explores thinking critically on topics that provoke an emotional response. We had so much to talk about, this episode has been extended.

From the publisher’s description of the book:

Many of our ideas about the world are based more on feelings than facts, sensibilities than science, and rage than reality. We gravitate toward ideas that make us feel comfortable in areas such as religion, politics, philosophy, social justice, love and sex, humanity, and morality. We avoid ideas that make us feel uncomfortable. This avoidance is a largely unconscious process that affects our judgment and gets in the way of our ability to reach rational and reasonable conclusions. By understanding how our mind works in this area, we can start embracing uncomfortable ideas and be better informed, be more understanding of others, and make better decisions in all areas of life.

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