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Gomella’s Neonatology makes it easy to quickly retrieve information and includes sections on procedures and drug administration. The volume of information in this field has exploded over the last several decades and physicians, especially trainees, need a quick, dependable reference to inform their clinical decisions. Compared to other softcover neonatal handbooks, this is my favorite, and it has become the most widely used book in the NICUs that I have visited. It is no longer a small pocket-sized book, but its unique attribute of being both comprehensive and concise makes it the preferred reference in this area. The section of “On-Call” problems is invaluable to residents, and they are now frequently searching for the latest edition in our unit. -Gomellas Neonatology 8th Edition PDF
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“A copy of this reference should be kept readily available in the newborn unit. It is a potent learning tool for NCU students.” — Family Medicine review of an earlier edition

A true essential for nearly three decades, this streamlined reference provides logically organized, quickly retrievable information on basic and advanced management techniques for the neonate. Featuring a convenient outline approach that puts key information at reader’s fingertips, this quick reference covers everything clinicians need to know about on-call neonatal problems, procedures, diseases and disorders, and pharmacology.-Gomellas Neonatology 8th Edition PDF

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The Authors

Gomellas Neonatology 8th Edition PDF

Program Director- Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program, Pediatrics
School of Medicine

HS Clinical Professor, Division of Neonatology, Pediatrics
School of Medicine

Attending Neonatologists, Neonatal ICU, UCI Medical Center, Orange, CA

Attending Neonatologists, Neonatal ICU, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Orange, CA

Attending Neonatologists, Neonatal ICU, St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood, CA

M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, 1988, Medicine

Phone: (714) 456-6933
Fax: (714) 456-7658
Email: fbanymoh@hs.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Bldg 56, Suite 600
UCI Medical Center
Mail Code: 4490
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Medical Education, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatal Hematology, Neonatal Infectious Diseases, Clinical Research, Neurodevelopmental Outcome
Academic Distinctions
Outstanding Program Leadership Award, UCI GME, 2016
(This award is given in recognition of a program director who is a model leader, administrator, educator, and compassionate supporter of residents/fellows).
Research Abstract
1. I see myself as a Clinician Educator, in addition to Clinical Researcher. As such, I have a very diverse background in all aspects of clinical neonatology. I have lectured on various Neonatology topics including Lung Development, Surfactant Metabolism, Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Thermal Regulation, Erythrocyte Disorders in Neonates, Thyroid Function in Premature Infants, Intraventricular Hemorrhage, Therapeutic hypothermia for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Neonatal Respiratory Disorders, Neonatal Infectious Diseases and Placental Transfusion procedures including Delayed Cord Clamping and Umbilical Cord Milking. With my diverse educational background and experience, I was chosen as an Associate Editor of the widely circulated Gomella’s Neonatology Textbook, the 8th edition, released in early 2020.

2. Some other research interest of mine is blood preservations strategies to minimizing blood loss and anemia in the fragile NICU population. These strategies include delayed cord clamping/umbilical cord milking, using fetal umbilical venous blood for admission laboratory studies, written guidelines to minimize phlebotomy losses by standardizing laboratory testing, use of erythropoietic stimulating agents in addition to standardized blood transfusion guidelines. We completed a study in which we compared admission CBC and blood culture collected from paired samples of umbilical venous blood obtained from the umbilical vein at its insertion to the placenta to that obtained directly from the infant. The study resulted in a peer-reviewed publication. Evaluation of the practice is ongoing.

3. I have been collaborating on the clinical/translational research led by Dr. Aslam of mesenchymal stem cells and their role in prediction and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm neonates. Our work has demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) significantly improve lung alveolar and vascular structure, decreases pulmonary hypertension and restores right heart function in rodents with BPD. We have utilized commercial MSC as well as locally grown MSC from human umbilical cord Wharton Jelly (UCT-MSC). We In collaboration with Dr. Weian Zhao at UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center, we have performed advanced proteomics analysis on the UCT-MSCs and identified several secreted peptides/markers involved in lung/heart development, injury, and repair.

4. Another interest of our group is the impact of post-natal steroids on long-term neurodevelopmental outcome in premature infants. We have done animal laboratory research to understand the molecular aspects of steroid-induced neurologic injury and we are involved in multisite clinical trials evaluating the impact of early neonatal interventions (like delayed cord clamping/cord milking, less invasive surfactant administration) on long-term neurodevelopmental outcome.
Awards and Honors
Chosen among “Castle Connolly Top Doctors” in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2011 – present

Chosen as “Top Doctor” by Doximity and US News and World Reports Magazine 2012-2021.

Selected as one of “Physicians of Excellence” by Orange County Medical Association and Orange Coast Magazine, 2009, 2013 – 2021

Second Year Resident Research award. Pediatric Research Day, June 1992, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Publications
1. Editor, Tricia Lacy Gomella ; Associate editors, Fabien G. Eyal, Fayez Bany-Mohammed ; Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020.

2. Abrantes MA, Valencia AM, Bany-Mohammed F, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. Intergenerational Influence of Antenatal Betamethasone on Growth, Growth Factors, and Neurological Outcomes in Rats. Reprod Sci. 2020 Jan;27(1):418-431. doi: 10.1007/s43032-019-00073-w. Epub 2020 Jan 1

3. Abrantes MA, Valencia AM, Bany-Mohammed F, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. Combined antenatal and postnatal steroid effects on fetal and postnatal growth, and neurological outcomes in neonatal rats. Am J Transl Res. 2019 Mar 15;11(3):1697-1710. eCollection 2019.

4. Greer R, Safarulla A, Koeppel R, Aslam M, Bany-Mohammed FM. Can Fetal Umbilical Venous Blood Be a Reliable Source for Admission Complete Blood Count and Culture in NICU Patients? Neonatology. 2019;115(1):49-58. doi: 10.1159/000491993. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

5. Abrantes MA, Valencia AM, Bany-Mohammed F, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. Dose response effects of postnatal hydrocortisone on growth and growth factors in the neonatal rat. Steroids. 2018 Dec;140:1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.steroids.2018.08.003. Epub 2018 Aug 22.

6. Nicolau Y, Bany-Mohammed F, Cai CL, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. SiRNA silencing of VEGF, IGFs, and their receptors in human retinal microvascular endothelial cells. Am J Transl Res. 2018 Jul 15;10(7):1990-2003. eCollection 2018.

7. Bany-Mohammed, Fayez M. (2018, May 8). Chorioamnionitis. eMedicine/Medscape. Retrieved 11/25/2019 from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/973237-overview

8. LaGrandeur RG, Singhal M, Bany-Mohammed F, Uy C, Koeppel R, Zaldivar F, Haddad F, Nalbandian A, Donovan P, Cooper DM, Aslam M. Pilot feasibility study to detect mesenchymal stem cell biomarkers of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in the tracheal aspirate fluid of preterm infants. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2018;11(1):1-10. doi: 10.3233/NPM-181722.

9. Haley A, Mishra PK, Bany-Mohammed F. Spontaneous pneumopericardium in a term newborn: a case report. Int J Radiol Radiat Ther. 2018;5(2):129-131. DOI: 10.15406/ijrrt.2018.05.00149

10. Mink R, Schwartz A, Carraccio C, High P, Dammann C, McGann KA, Kesselheim J, Herman B; Steering Committee of the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network. Creating the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network.
J Pediatr. 2018 Jan;192:3-4.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.079

11. Mink RB, Schwartz A, Herman BE, Turner DA, Curran ML, Myers A, Hsu DC, Kesselheim JC, Carraccio CL; and the Steering Committee of the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network (SPIN).Validity of Level of Supervision Scales for Assessing Pediatric Fellows on the Common Pediatric Subspecialty Entrustable Professional Activities. Acad Med. 2017 Jul 11. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001820. [Epub ahead of print]

12. Beharry KD, Cai CL, Valencia GB, Valencia AM, Lazzaro DR, Bany-Mohammed F, Aranda JB. Neonatal Intermittent Hypoxia, Reactive Oxygen Species, and Oxygen-Induced Retinopathy. Reactive Oxygen Species, 2017; 3(7):12–25

13. Nicolau Y, Bany-Mohammed F, Carpenter PM, Uy C. Massive pneumatosis without necrosis: A case report of Clostridium perfringens sepsis in an extremely low birth weight infant. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2015;8(3):257-61.

14. Inayat M, Bany-Mohammed F, Valencia A, Tay C, Jacinto J, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. Antioxidants and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Preterm Infants with Symptomatic Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Am J Perinatol. 2015; 32(9):895-904.

15. Jivabhai Patel S, Bany-Mohammed F, McNally L, Valencia GB, Lazzaro DR, Aranda JV, Beharry KD. Exogenous Superoxide Dismutase Mimetic Without Scavenging H2O2 Causes Photoreceptor Damage in a Rat Model for Oxygen-Induced Retinopathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015;56(3):1665-77

16. Merchant C, Merchant L, Bany-Mohammed F, Aslam M. Surfactant Therapy for Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Respiratory Therapy. 2014; 9(2):35-36.

17. Fathi O, Bany-Mohammed F, Aslam M. Delayed Cord Clamping: A review. Neonatal Intensive Care. 2014; 27(3): 21-24.

18. Chang M, Bany-Mohammed F, Kenney MC, Beharry KD. Effects of a superoxide dismutase mimetic on biomarkers of lung angiogenesis and alveolarization during hyperoxia with intermittent hypoxia. Am J Transl Res. 2013;5(6):594-607.

19. Bany-Mohammed FM, Slivka S, Hallman M. Recombinant Human Erythropoietin: Possible Role as an Antioxidant in Rabbits. Pediatric Research, 1996; 40:381-387.

20. Bany-Mohammed FM, Macknin ML, Van Lente F, and Medendorp SV. The effect of Prolonged Tourniquet Application on Serum Bicarbonate. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 1995; 62:68-70.

Book Chapters

21. Editor, Tricia Lacy Gomella ; Associate editors, Fabien G. Eyal, Fayez Bany-Mohammed ; Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020.

22. Bany-Mohammed, F. Chlamydial Infection. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1115-1117.

23. Bany-Mohammed F. Cytomegalovirus. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1117-1121.

24. Bany-Mohammed F. Gonorrhea. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1127-1128.

25. Bany-Mohammed F. Hepatitis. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1128-1136.

26. Bany-Mohammed F. Herpes Simplex Virus. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1136-1143.

27. Bany-Mohammed F. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1143-1151.

28. Bany-Mohammed F. Meningitis. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1154-1157.

29. Bany-Mohammed F. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections. . In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1157-1162.

30. Bany-Mohammed F. Parvovirus B19 Infection. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1162-1165.

31. Bany-Mohammed F. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1168-1171.

32. Bany-Mohammed F. Rubella Infections. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1171-1175.

33. Bany-Mohammed F. Sepsis. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1175-1189.

34. Bany-Mohammed F. Syphilis. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1189-1196.

35. Bany-Mohammed F. TORCH (TORCHZ) Infections. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1196-1197.

36. Bany-Mohammed F. Toxoplasmosis. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1197-1202.

37. Bany-Mohammed F. Ureaplasma Urealyticum Infection. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1206-1207.

38. Bany-Mohammed F. Varicella – Zoster Infections. In: Gomella TL, Eyal FG, Bany-Mohammed F, eds. Gomella’s Neonatology : Management, Procedures, on-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2020:1211-1215.

39. Bany-Mohammed F. Hyaline Membrane Disease. In: Gomella TL, Cunningham MD, Eyal FG, Zenk KE, eds. Neonatology: Management, Procedures, On-Call Problems, Diseases and Drugs, 5th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc, 2004:539-543
Professional Societies
American Academy of Pediatrics
California Association of Neonatologists
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shoelover “This book is a staple for NNP or Neonatal CNS students and practitioners. I have the 7th edition print book which somehow has some ink missing in some parts. I then bought the 8th edition Kindle version. The Kindle version has no page numbers, there is no table of contents, there is no index and so therefore it is not searchable. This is very frustrating. I would NOT recommend the Kindle version of this.”
Anu “As a resident rotating through NICU, this book was an amazing comprehensive resource for learning and addressing all sorts of problems. It’s very easy to read and to search for your topic of interest. It even has a section on procedures and pharmacology! I would highly recommend it to any resident interested in or just rotating in NICU.”
Reality Check “I purchased this book because I am interested in the idea that morals may be inborn — part of human nature — and that each culture shares certain basic values. I started reading the book enthusiastically, but by the end I was skimming pages and dismayed that the author had so seriously failed to provide any solutions to our political problems.

Haidt starts by dividing the human mind into what he calls the elephant and the rider. The rider is the reasoning, rational mind, whereas the elephant is the irrational, impulsive and intuitive mind. He argues that human moral decisions are guided by the elephant, and that the rider just comes up with a rationalized, post-facto “reasonable” justification after the decisions have been made by the elephant. Of course, anyone who has been alive for more than a couple decades may have noticed this kind of “logic” in his fellow humans. It goes like this: “Here are my biases, now how do I make an argument to justify it.”

Later in the book, he goes into more detail and lists the specific intuitions that may bias people towards certain moral conclusions: care/harm, liberty/oppression, fairness/cheating, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, sanctity/degradation.

However, he doesn’t call them biases (that’s my own terminology). He describes them as something like the taste buds of morality, whereupon one may develop certain “tastes” over a lifetime that cause one to be liberal (progressive) or conservative. Just like we may have a preference for sweet food, we might also have partially inborn and partially acquired intuition for, to make an example, loyalty, which may lead one to make statements like “My country, right or wrong” in the face of unethical behavior by one’s government.

Haidt rejects rational thinking entirely. Indeed, he goes so far as to label those who engage in systematic rational thinking as “autistic” (pg 136). He labels modern, civilized countries as WEIRD (an insulting acronym he made up). He also has no interest in individual rights, such as America’s Bill of Rights. Rather, he finds solace in the ignorance of impoverished villagers in northeast Brazil and primitive people of India who wipe their butts with their hands (really! see pg 122). He praises studies which show that ignorant people prefer collectivism and use their intuitions (prejudices/biases) when making moral decisions. Critical thinking? Rights? To Haidt, they’re irrelevant. He’s openly hostile to critical thinking. He disparages psychological studies of advanced (“WEIRD”) countries as “statistical outliers” (pg 112).

Essentially, his ethics can be summarized as “cultural relativism”, except that Western cultures are always wrong and those on the upper half of the bell curve (advanced, civilized societies) are WEIRD. Since humans are incapable of reason (according to Haidt), we can only navigate ethical and political decisions by intuitions. Whose intuitions should we follow, you ask? Well, that’s unclear, although he does provide some helpful graphs of the intuitions of different political views towards the end of the book. I guess whoever shouts the loudest gets to make the rules.

I don’t actually disagree with any of Haidt’s psychological studies. I just come to entirely different conclusion. When Haidt finds ignorance and prejudice, he wants to build a code of ethics out of it. Where I find ignorance and prejudice, I want to educate people and help them to understand the points of views of others. How can this come about? Well, first one must accept that there is a real, physical reality out there, and that certain actions make sense in the real world and others don’t. If you compare today’s political discussion with that of previous generations, you can see how far we’ve fallen. For example, read “The Federalist Papers” and compare that to any modern day politician’s anti-intellectualism, and you can realize how much America has lost since our founding in terms of critical thinking and honest debate.

The Enlightenment-style system of individual rights has advanced society enormously. Unfortunately, there are still pseudo-intellectuals like Haidt who want to drag us back into the stone age, or worse, towards fascism, religious fundamentalism, or communism. I find this book disturbing and could go on and on about problems I have with it, however I think I’ve said enough to get my point across.”

Mandrake “This was a book club choice, and one of the best that we have read in recent years. I would recommend it to everyone, but particularly those with strong and confirmed moral or political convictions. It will change your views about religion and politics, and hopefully make you more tolerant of other peoples perspectives. Here are my notes:

Haidt: The Righteous Mind
Overall
This was one of our best recent book club choices. It was well written, clear and thought provoking. The main point of the book to me was to demonstrate that morality has a social purpose, as the foundation on which social capital is constructed. What matters is that people share the same moral values, not whether those values are “right or wrong”. It has changed my thinking, and I have bought copies for friends of mine to see if it can also change theirs.

Synopsis

The book is divided into sections:
• Section 1: Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second
The central metaphor is that the mind is like a rider on an elephant, whose job is to serve the elephant without much control of where the elephant is going. Traditionally Western philosophy separated the body and the mind, with the mind being the “ghost in the machine”, but according to Haidt the two are intimately connected. In fact morality is rooted in emotion and not in reason. We act first (the elephant moves), and justify our actions later (the rider).

• Section 2: There’s more to morality than harm and fairness
The central metaphor is like a tongue with six taste receptors. Morality has evolved to bind social groups together. Haidt identifies 6 different moral foundations, each of which has a role to play in addressing specific human behaviours:
Care/Harm: evolved for the protection and care of vulnerable offspring
Fairness/Cheating: evolved to encourage sharing and punish cheating
Loyalty/Betrayal: evolved to bind people together in social groups and to punish defectors
Authority/Subversion: evolved to bind people within a hierarchical social structure within the group
Sanctity/Degradation: evolved to protect health by avoiding unsafe foods and encouraging hygienic practises
Liberty/Oppression: evolved to balance the personal freedom and group loyalty

• Section 3: Morality binds and blinds
The central metaphor we are 90 percent bee and 10 percent chimp. We naturally tend to aggregate into large social groups bound by shared morals. In this context religion should not be seen as a parasitic meme, but as a social tool that binds people together into a cohesive and effective unit. Further, our political inclinations are a function of our individual sensitivities to each of the 6 moral foundations. Socialists are primarily driven by Care/Harm considerations for “social justice” and equality of outcomes. Conservatives are more concerned with maintaining social capital in an imperfect world where people cheat and exploit the system. Neither has a monopoly on righteousness, and each has their place in maintaining a balanced society.

Critique
I thought that this was an excellent book, grounded in science, which succeeds in its main argument that morality is an evolutionary adaptation whose purpose is to behind social groups together. I also very much enjoyed the description of how the field of moral psychology has developed over time. I have only a few points to discuss:

1. Religion as a meme
Haidt argues that the new Atheists are wrong in characterising Religion as a pernicious meme, and that instead it has a social purpose in binding people together into a cohesive whole. I think he overstates his case, and that his argument is not incompatible with that of the new atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens etc). Although the set of religions as a whole may well have a social purpose (religion has spontaneously evolved too often for it not to have some use), each individual religion can also be regarded as a meme that exploits humanity’s social needs to propagate itself. Thus when Haidt states that religions change over time to fit the needs of a changing society, the New Atheists would argue that the meme mutates and evolves with its host to ensure its continued propagation. It is merely a question of perspective.

2. Moral foundations of political views
Although, the conclusion of Haidt’s discussion of the moral foundations for Conservative and Liberal viewpoints is a refreshing call for tolerance, I thought that this was the weakest part of the book. His claim that political beliefs can be traced back to differing sensitivities to the 6 moral foundations mentioned above was justified by social surveys in which people were asked their political orientation and then asked to answer moral questionnaires. Conservatives and Liberals were then found to have different reactions to questions that targeted particular moral foundations. Correlation is not necessarily causation I thought that some of the graphs showed relatively weak relationships. In order for Haidt to be right the questions must be formulated so that the subject interprets them in the way intended, and that each question must target the intended moral foundation correctly. There is significant room for error and ambiguity there. His results seemed strong enough to draw general but not specific conclusions from.

3. I have an old friend whose politics are different from mine (he is a lifelong Socialist), so I bought him a copy of the book in the hope that it would provide some perspective and allow us to better understand each other’s viewpoints. As I handed it over he took one look and said “Not bloody Haidt, I hated that book.” We continue to avoid discussing politics. I am pessimistic that Haidt’s call for political toleration will be heeded.

Overall
I thought that this was a terrific book, and one of the best we have read in a while.”

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