The moral maze

Jones, Dan
November 2005
New Scientist;11/26/2005, Vol. 188 Issue 2527, p34
The article reports that researchers looking at the psychological basis of morality are finding that reason and emotion both play a part. Meanwhile, brain-imaging studies are highlighting the interplay between the two, revealing the circumstances in which each comes to the fore. Elements of morality have been discovered in non-human species, particularly other primates. Some possess a sense of fairness and many have certain codes of conduct that underlie their social interactions and almost certainly developed as adaptive strategies to help individuals cooperate and cope with conflict.


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