The Divided Self

Our first reading of the semester comes from Jonathan Haidt’s book, The Happiness Hypothesis. We will be reading the Introduction and Chapter 1: “The Divided Self. ” This book will show us why our hearts and brains are sometimes at odds, how our brains can confabulate information (i.e. lie), and why it is sometimes so difficult to win an argument.

Start by reading the Intro and CH 1: (Links to an external site.) (Note, you can download and save the PDF files if you choose. There is a lot of information in here, so it’s a great idea to take notes and annotate as you read.)ACME WRITERS

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1. POST:

a. Summarize. One paragraph. Choose one section from CH. 1 to summarize. (Example: You could summarize “Third Division: Old vs. New,” “The Difficulty of Winning an Argument ” . . . etc.). Make sure to tell us which section you are summarizing.
b. Connect. At least three sentences. Make some sort of connection to the section that you just summarized. It could be a personal connection (“This reminds me of the time . . .”) or a connection to something you read about or saw.

c. Struggle. At least two sentences. Identify something that you struggled with in this section. It could be an issue with comprehension (“I’m not sure what he meant by . . .”) or the way this is written (“I don’t like when he . . .”). You could also get more philosophical and identify a struggle inspired by the text (“I struggle with the fact that people . . .”ACME WRITERS

d. Question. Ask a question inspired by the text. It could be abut comprehension or analysis (“What do you think he meant by . . .”) or it could be a philosophical/personal question inspired by the text (“How do you think we can . . .”).

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