Plato at Work | Innate Morality, In-Group Bias, and the Yale Experiment

The Moral Life of Babies | The New York Times

[In 2007, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy had just seen a puppet show in which one puppet played with a ball while interacting with two other puppets. The center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the right, who would pass it back. And the center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the left . . . who would run away with it. Then the two puppets on the ends were brought down from the stage and set before the toddler. Each was placed next to a pile of treats. At this point, the toddler was asked to take a treat away from one puppet. Like most children in this situation, the boy took it from the pile of the “naughty” one. But this punishment wasn’t enough — he then leaned over and smacked the puppet in the head……..

A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life. With the help of well-designed experiments, you can see glimmers of moral thought, moral judgment and moral feeling even in the first year of life. Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone.]

See also, Toddlers assess fairness and race of playmates | Futurity


One thought on “Plato at Work | Innate Morality, In-Group Bias, and the Yale Experiment

  1. Reblogged this on Byssus and commented:
    Fascinating Stuff! I have not read as much Adam Smith as I should I spent more time with one of his associates and one of his sparing partner’s Lord Monboddo who Smith spent much time debating with. But I see him more as an object of study although you do start to gauge the questions being asked.

    In the terse humor of the day one of the only direct references he makes to Smiths most famous work in print is “I hear Smith wrote a book on economics.” Edinburgh had a lively collection of debating societies and Smith and Monboddo would have both cut their teeth on their subjects extensively in this way.

    He is rather a contradictory and difficult collection of sources to deal with. Despite leaving one of the largest philosophical archives , from the Scottish enlightenment, he is rather understudied. He is something of a strange mix, very conservative but adapting to a different environment.

    In lord Monboddo’s case wild children and the orangutang were some of the objects that caught his attention. He also moved from the abstract world of philosophy to study in field and encouraged others to use observation to draw their own conclusions.


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