Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong - Marc D. Hauser

"One of the hottest new topics in intellectual life: the psychology and biology of morals...full of fascinating new material."
Steven Pinker

Marc D. Hauser, a Harvard University psychologist, wants to do for morality what Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist Noam Chomsky did for language—he wants to discover the universal "moral grammar." Chomsky suggested that humans are born with a "universal grammar," a cognitive capacity that helps us acquire language and shapes the way we apply language rules. Hauser thinks our moral grammar works the same way, helping us isolate moral lessons from our culture and make judgments about right and wrong. In Moral Minds, Hauser reviews what we already know about innate human faculties—for instance, that even infants seem to understand that people and animals have intentions, whereas inanimate objects do not. And he presents evidence that our universal morality is probably based on rules about fairness, proportionality and reciprocity, among other things. The material is captivating and ranges from philosophy to anthropology to psychology, including some of Hauser’s own original work. Scientific American

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1 comment:

SShendeR said...

Please post the latest TED talk by Michael Shermer:

http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_the_pattern_behind_self_deception.html

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