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CMS: Mechanics of Morality
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How do we decide right from wrong?


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What is a good person? Somebody who follows the rules? Which rules would those be?

Morality is difficult to define and yet most of us agree there are such things as moral judgment, such things right and wrong. If we have those ideas and if some of them are darn near universal, where do they come from? Do they come from God, society, evolution, or our own neurological wiring? Did we evolve into moral beings because that helped our species survive and thrive?

Or is it the other way around? Was morality always waiting for our species to come along and discover it?

I seem to have more questions than answers. The one thing I do know is that we cannot understand morality without telling stories. And we'll do that today. Some of our stories will be about scientists studying morality. Some of the stories will just be stories in which people perceive morality to be at work.

You can join the conversation. Is morality only a chemical process? Or is it something higher? Do you think science can explain how we make moral choices? Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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