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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Infantile Morality

This story is a few weeks old, but it interested me no end: US scientists think babies may develop some kind of morality system as early as 6 months. They say this does not mean the babies come "hardwired" to be good or bad (Nature vs. Nurture), but that their original predispositions may form this early in life, and play an important role in how they come to regard things as they grow older.

Kind of like pets, babies this young are said to be able to tell between people who do not like them and those who do. They also seem to make "moral" decisions to do the right thing or not -- as expressed by their choosing a "helper" character, as opposed to "hinderer" characters, in the study.

The question now is: If babies so young are able to make the right decisions without much help, why do so many tend to make the wrong ones later in life?

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