I read great reviews about The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, so I got listening. Now I can't stop thinking about it.
The thing is, what most scientists ask when confronted with a theory is, "Must I believe it?" You risk ruining your reputation if someone can prove you wrong.
However, according to the book, the vast majority of people come to an intuitive, emotional judgement of right and wrong on moral issues and ask themselves, "Is it okay to believe it?" And they have Google ready to answer "Yes, it's okay" for any belief.
What's confounding is the greater our power of reason, the more likely it is we can persuade ourselves of the thing we want to believe. Reason and logic were supposed to do the reverse, right? In other words, our power of reason is acting like a lawyer to defend our beliefs than a judge to decide if we're right.
I was surprised at how many people wrote in their reviews that the book helped them empathize with the other side, and even change their own beliefs.