Moral Minds

Moral Minds

How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong

Book - 2006
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Marc Hauser's eminently readable and comprehensive book Moral Minds is revolutionary. He argues that humans have evolved a universal moral instinct, unconsciously propelling us to deliver judgments of right and wrong independent of gender, education, and religion. Experience tunes up our moral actions, guiding what we do as opposed to how we deliver our moral verdicts.

For hundreds of years, scholars have argued that moral judgments arise from rational and voluntary deliberations about what ought to be. The common belief today is that we reach moral decisions by consciously reasoning from principled explanations of what society determines is right or wrong. This perspective has generated the further belief that our moral psychology is founded entirely on experience and education, developing slowly and subject to considerable variation across cultures. In his groundbreaking book, Hauser shows that this dominant view is illusory.

Combining his own cutting-edge research with findings in cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, economics, and anthropology, he examines the implications of his theory for issues of bioethics, religion, law, and our everyday lives.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060780708
Branch Call Number: 171.7 Hau 3701ir 1
Characteristics: xx, 489 pages : illustrations


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Mar 10, 2017

"The author was found guilty by a panel of his peers of multiple counts of scientific misconduct. As such much of his writing is riddled with dubious claims based."

Although it is true that the author has been accused of scientific misconduct and fabricated data in his experiments, I think the author's works should be treated on a case-by-case basis. If his writing in the book is indeed riddled with "dubious" claims, then the claims should manifest themselves due to the lack of credible references. Keep in mind that other authors don't always cite sources either, so we must be wary of their claims too. Dr. Lustig's Fat Chance is one of them. He brings up some pretty interesting claims in his book (I read the e-book version), and apparently there are no sources/references to back him up. I sometimes wonder where he gets his knowledge about the fat toddlers study.

Dec 13, 2011

The author was found guilty by a panel of his peers of multiple counts of scientific misconduct. As such much of his writing is riddled with dubious claims based.

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