With all the election hysteria going on at the moment—illustrated most recently by The New York Times‘s interesting account of the Republican establishment’s attempts to stop the Trump campaign—it is worth asking where our political differences originate. Though this is hardly a question that can be answered in one book—or even a hundred—there have been some novel attempts, in the last couple of years, to contrast the science of neurology with the field of politics. A reading group I participate in has been going through some of the literature on this topic, and I would recommend that anyone interested in this question take a look at the books we have read. They are Catherine Malabou’s What Should We Do with Our Brain? and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind.
What are you reading?