Episode 81: Moral Language with Morteza Dehghani

Morteza Dehghani is a psychologist and computer scientist who uses sophisticated analytics to churn through the words we use when we talk to each other. From that, he and his colleagues can get an idea of people‚Äôs moral sensibilities and the consequences of letting morality imbue our opinions on important issues. We talk about his origins in the field and the key insights he’s come to about people’s moral sense.

In the intro, I talk about Toki Pona–the world’s smallest language. You can find more at the official Toki Pona website.

I also mentioned interesting work on morality, language, and culture by Emma Buchtel (e.g., Buchtel et al., 2015; Buchtel, 2022).


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