Political Morality

Although I have posted this video in the past, I realize I had not properly emphasized the significance on its impact to my thinking. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices and discusses them at TED. Haidt’s studies have shown that humans have a ”first draft” of morality based on the following criteria:

  1. Harm/Care
  2. Fairness/Reciprocity
  3. Ingroup/Loyalty
  4. Authority/Respect
  5. Purity/Sanctity

Depending on political persuasion, an individual will value some of these five moral systems more than others. Liberals tend to value Harm and Fairness far more than Authority, Ingroup and Purity while conservatives tend to value all 5 more equally.

I first watched this presentation during around the close of the primaries for the election. The most profound idea that made this talk so relevant was the evidence that we need the participation of both liberals and conservatives to build a successful nation (further discussion at I implore you take the 15 minutes and listen to this discussion.

The study results came from I took some tests and was surprised by the results.




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Fallout 3 Crash

Fallout 3
Fallout 3 Crash after an update? Mine started crashing after opening with an error about xlive.dll

You will see something to this effect in the details of the error:
Fault Module Name: xlive.dll
Exception Code: c0000138

I fixed it up updating the xlive.dll from Microsoft.
Go to:

You will then download “xliveredist.msi
Make sure to close all your games and then double click on it to install the application. After a reboot you should be good to go.